On Saturday, June 13th, in cooperation with Elks Lodge #2686, we will be having a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Buckeye.  Ceremony begins at 9 AM and the public is cordially invited.  

For those who are interested in what must take place in order for a flag to be retired, here are the requirements per the National VFW Headquarters website:
In August, 2000, at the VFW 101st National Convention in Milwaukee, VFW delegates passed a resolution establishing a U.S. Flag disposal program for Posts to conduct, privately or publicly...

*SUGGESTED PROCEDURE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO USE IN PRIVATE OR PUBLIC FOR DISPOSING OF A TORN, SOILED, OR BADLY FADED U.S. FLAG.

The Flag should be folded in its customary manner. (See VFW Ritual.)- It is important that the fire be sizeable and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the Flag.

Place the Flag on the fire.

The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the Flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.

After the Flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

(Approved for distribution by the VFW National Citizenship Education and Community Service Committee, September 18, 2000.)
It is a somber occasion, but a great way for folks who do not have the resources to properly respect Our Nation's Flag when it has worn out or been damaged.
 


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