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Flag retirement ceremony to take place June 3

Angie Mayes • Updated May 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM

The annual flag retirement ceremony, which honors and pays tribute to veterans, police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, will take place June 3 at 6 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center open-air arena.

The event is sponsored by the Lebanon VFW Post 5015 and is open to the public. According to organizer Ken Kackley, all worn, torn and tattered flags will be retired in a proper manner.

Damaged flags will be folded and burned, as per tradition for the retirement of the American flag. According to the VFW website, that is the proper way to retire a flag and is not disrespectful.

 “The flag should be folded in its customary manner,” the VFW site said. “It is important that the fire be fairly large 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.”

Kackley said the VFW post received more than 200 flags and expects more.

“The Wilson County Veteran’s Office is collecting flags,” he said. “They can also be dropped off at Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop. Anyone with flags that need to be retired, can bring it to the ceremony for retirement or drop it off at one of the two locations before the service.”

The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 20 but was postponed due to rain. 

For more information, email svcdr5015@aol.com.

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