Dignity and Respect

Flag retirement ceremony honors old, worn American flags

Dave Singleton burns a flag during the flag retirement ceremony.
WSJPHOTO  |  JAY LAMM

American Legion Post 187 had a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 28.

The post collects flags throughout the year and when enough have been received, a ceremony is held. Post Commander Mark Dwyer said this ceremony included about 500 flags.

The flags are burned, with only ashes remaining, when they become too worn for service. Two mailboxes are on the American Legion site for people to drop off their flags.

“The ceremony treats the flag with the dignity and respect it deserves,” said Dwyer. Depending on demand, Dwyer said about two to three ceremonies are performed each year.

Scouts were on hand to help with the ceremony.

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