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Flag Retirement Ceremony


WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2023,

2:00 PM – Flag Day

WHERE: Lakeview Cemetery Veteran

Section, Two Harbors, MN


The public is invited to a formal flag retire­ment ceremony at the Lakeview Cemetery Vet­eran’s Section on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

To most veterans or military personnel, the retirement of a tattered or faded U.S. flag is a solemn, yet celebratory business. Retiring a flag means the flag is unserviceable after symboliz­ing the ideals of this nation and representing the men and women who have fought and died for those ideals. The flag is often an inspiration and symbol of strength for those who go into harm’s way on behalf this nation. The flag should never be desecrated. It is a sacred symbol and we take its retirement seriously.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning”. Burning in this case is acceptable. The flag is properly folded, and after its service to our na­tion is acknowledged, is ceremoniously placed in a fire hot enough to consume the entire flag. Reference copies of the flag code can be found online, in your local library, or on the website of most veteran and patriotic organizations.

One can also do a simple yet dignified cere­mony at home, or at another location away from most “official” ceremonies. Example: fold the flag properly (flag folding will be explained in a future article), recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and acknowledge its service, perhaps a moment of silence, the place the flag in the fire and retire it. Again, make sure you have a fire hot enough to consume the flag. Just keep it dignified.

A side note to veterans: a military veteran, when not in uniform, has the option of rendering a hand salute during ceremonies and the posting or passing of the U.S. Flag, or may place hand over heart.

On behalf of Chris Belfield, Commander, Post 109, American Legion, and its Auxiliary Presi­dent Nancy Hopper, we look forward to seeing you at the ceremony. Help us carry on a sacred tradition.

Unserviceable American flags can be dropped off at the American Legion from 10:00 a.m. un­til 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14th.

Vince Sando, Anderson-Claffy Post 109, Amer­ican Legion 1st Vice-Commander

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