American flags retired in Shoals ceremony on National Flag Day

Today is Flag Day which marks 240 years since the adoption of the United States flag.

The Oelwein American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 conducts a Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony each Flag Day as a dignified tribute to the US flag and to its symbolism. That is because Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us.

Beneath the smoke and flames during the ceremony is a torn, faded or soiled American flag. Anyone who is interested in participating can call and get more information, or come to a monthly meeting.

Kominakis said when he sees the flag, he recalls the buddies who did not make it back alive from Afghanistan.

On Kauai, one of the events that take place is the retirement of old, weathered, and damaged flags which can be deposited in a special container outside the Kauai Veterans Center and stored until Flag Day.

"We have military, U.S., country flags, decorative flags, so many things", said Suzie Catalano, The Flag Store administrative assistant.

Post 1080 takes in flags for appropriate disposal on a regular basis.

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To create the stars, Stars for Our Troops collects and washes the blue canton from donated flags, then cuts out each individual star.

"It's an honor to do it, I feel", Whitney said. "People have accused us of worshiping the flag; we don't worship the flag, we don't worship anything or anyone like that".

Post 11 will hold a flag-retirement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. today at Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department, 11532 Alabama 157. The large flags flying over gas stations are lined with wires that have to be removed before they are cremated.

To some people, June 14 is just another day on the calendar, but to people like the Daughters of the American Revolution, it signifies a day of preservation, education and patriotism that is Flag Day. "You can't lift it". The American Legion Post 259 Adjutant Gary Ballard and Commander Len Carson lowered the American flag at the Elks building for appropriate retirement and raised a new one. It's important to the post members.

Elaine McMullin, 100, said Wednesday was her first time getting on a motorcycle. "It also involves the community". Estonia's flag day was June 4, Sweden's was June 6 and Argentina's is coming up June 20.

Wednesday night, the public is invited to bring their old and weathered American Flags to be retired with honor. Stars for Our Troops provides an alternative use for retiring flags.


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