American Legion members salute the American flag as they are disposed of in a Flag Day ceremony Friday. The Legion has an annual event to dispose of unserviceable flags in a dignified way. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
The American Legion Post No. 43 disposed of more than 100 unserviceable flags Friday.
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Legion and others gathered Friday morning for the annual flag retirement ceremony at the post.
Meschelle Cookson, DAR Lone Pine Tree Chapter regent, said the ceremony serves “to show great respect for this wonderful country.” It also honors veterans, she said.
Vice regent Joan Smith said the Boy Scouts and Union Veterans of Foreign Wars also had events Friday.
“The official way to dispose of the American flag is by burning it, and it has to be done in a very dignified manner,” Smith said.
Lonnie Myers, post commander, helped lead the ceremony, during which only a small portion of flags were disposed.
“They come in all year,” he said. The Legion collects them as they come in and saves them for Flag Day.
Myers said some the flags disposed had been up in public places, while others were placed on the caskets of veterans or of those killed in service.
“[The ceremony] draws attention to our flag as a symbol of America,” he said.
Before the burning of the flags, a prayer was said and the commander offered some words on the flag.
“A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great, but it’s real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for and died for…” Myers said.