Today is National Flag Day, which marks the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Act on June 14, 1777.

“On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents,” states the National Day Calendar website. “Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly.”

On May 30, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson officially deemed June 14 as Flag Day.

Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 of Stephenville will gather at 6 p.m. today at the Post Hall, 801 E. Washington St for a special disposal ceremony.

“(This is) to fulfill our obligation to properly dispose of unserviceable flags by burning,” said post adjutant Roger Easter. “The public is invited and encouraged to bring their unserviceable flags. The burning ceremony will be followed by an open house with Auxiliary Unit 240 serving refreshments inside the 76-year-old historic building.”

A flag collection box — a mailbox specifically — has been set up at the entrance of Walmart and flags can also be brought to the north patio entrance of the American Legion Post Hall.

“Flag day to me is just one of those special days where we look at the flag as an emblem because it represents who we are as a nation,” Easter said. “Nationally and locally for many years we have sponsored flag education and flag disposal programs like we’re doing today and we’re proud of that.”