Flag retirement ceremony

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Brice Collins (left photo) lights torn and tattered flags on fire during a retirement ceremony at Carrollton VFW Post 3301 on Flag Day. Commander Jim Newbold salutes during the lighting.

A Flag Retirement ceremony was held June 14 at the VFW Fighting McCooks Post 3301 on Chase Rd., Carrollton.

Commander James Newbold offered a brief history of Flag Day, which was officially established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. Newbold noted, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution June 14, 1777. The resolution states, “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white” and “the union be 13 stars white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Newbold told the crowd, “Let us examine the flag. We took the stars from the heavens and red from our mother country and separated it by white stripes, showing that we have separated from her. And the white stripes shall go down in posterity representing our liberty and freedom.”

American Legion commander Rodger Barto added the flags were inspected and recognized them unworthy or unsuitable, having reached their permanent state of proper service.

“These are the faded flags of our country and should be retired and destroyed with honor,” he said.

Anyone with flags needing retired, can drop them at the drop box at the VFW.

Area cub scouts, boy scouts and girl scouts assisted with the ceremony.

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