Independence Day

What does Independence Day mean?

Genesis Family Chiropractic would like to take a moment, and break away from posting about health and chiropractic to honor our soldiers, past, present, and future.

The Fourth of July is a day for family, sun, grilling, and fireworks. But what does it really stand for? This year for the Fourth, we did something very cool as a family.

My parents recently bought an old farmhouse. At the top of their flagpole flew an old tattered flag. (We get plenty of wind and nasty weather here in South Dakota). So as part of the festivities we retired that old flag and put a new one up. There are a few ways to retire a flag properly. We chose to hold a ceremonial burning and bury it by the flag post.

Those in attendance were my parents, (my father was in the Air Force and Air National Guard), my brother (Air National Guard) and his wife and new baby girl (and my sister-in-laws friend who was visiting), my in-laws (my father-in-law’s dad was a Korean War Veteran), my grandparents (my grandfather retired from the Air National Guard), my sister and her husband and their son, and of course my five kiddos and husband.

We started out by lowering the flag and folding it properly. Never let it touch the ground.

My grandfather held the flag while we listened to Johnny Cash “Old Ragged Flag”. You can listen to it here.

After listening to the song, tears were in everyone’s eyes as we headed over to the fire. The fire should be hot enough that it can burn the flag in its entirety, but not built up so high that the pieces of the flag will be carried off. It is best to have the fire burnt down to hot coals.

We placed the flag on the coals and let it burn red hot. While we watched it burn, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance. It was one of the most meaningful times I have ever said the Pledge. I paid attention to every word and meant what I said.

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.

After the fire was completely burned, we gathered up the ashes of the flag and placed them in a metal tin.

We then buried the tin and the base of the flag pole.

After everything was back in its place, a new flag was put up. Again, the flag never touched the ground.

It was an amazing and moving experience. It really brought meaning to the holiday instead of just having choice beverages and grilling out.

I also want to give a shout out to the West Central School District. On Veteran’s Day, classes are held, but not as usual. They take the time to teach the kids about the flag, and the wars, and the significance of our veterans. Instead of having a free day off of school and the kids not understanding why, they continue with their studies and learn way more. As we talked about the flag, my kids knew who make the flag and even sang a couple songs about America. Great job WC!

Post by Dr. Ashley Ingalls

Photos by Dr. Melissa Plocek

Thanks for letting us take time to honor our soldiers. If you have any questions about what Genesis Family Chiropractic, your Sioux Falls Chiropractor, can do for you, give us a call at 605-334-0900. Or visit our website at

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