“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Puritan will clean any American Flag for free.
We are big supporters of patriotism and we love to see our neighbors fly their US flag. That’s why we started our Puritan Pledge Of Allegiance Program many years ago. Any day, any time. We encourage all of our friends to fly their American Flag proudly.
A Flag Story:
We’ve cleaned thousands of American flags over the many years that the Pledge of Allegiance program has been in effect. Usually the flags are those that customers might hang from their front porches, but recently, a customer brought in a circa 1950 American flag with 48 stars that measured over twenty feet wide.
“The flag was brought in by Captain Tom Tokartz, a service veteran who belongs to the WWII Round Table of Central Virginia,” said Norman Way, Director of Operations at Puritan Cleaners. “Captain Tokartz had us clean the flag, and then presented it to the WWII Round Table at their forum on the evening of October 14th, where it was used as a backdrop for their speaker that night. He was gracious enough to invite us to come to the forum, and I have to say that we were honored to be there.” The program that evening featured a first hand account of B-29 bombing missions over Germany in 1945 from 2nd Lt. Phil True, who was a navigator on one of the planes.
Jerry Dickson, a Puritan plant manager, was responsible for cleaning the flag. “It was a bit unusual to get a flag that big, and, of course, we had to treat it gently because of its age,” said Mr. Dickson. “I think it looked great when we finished, and the customer seemed pleased, so I think everyone was happy in the end.”
“It was a privelege to help such a fine group of American heroes,” added Mr. Way. “To hear their personal stories of World War II was truly amazing. Meeting people like this is one of the best benefits to having our free flag cleaning program. It’s our hope that more people will seek them out and acknowledge them for their contributions to our country.”
WWII Round Table of Central Virginia meets every second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM followed by social at 3480 Batterson Road, Powhatan, Virginia.