Officers and members of Wells-McComas Post 2678 and Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Post Home in Edgemere.
Flag retirement allows torn and tattered American flags to be respectfully destroyed by burning them and then burying the ashes remaining. The post’s Auxiliary Junior Vice-President and Youth Activities Chairman Sandy Kirkpatrick worked with the Boy Scouts of Troop 427 at Hughes Memorial Church and the Girl Scouts of Troop 1093 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church to include youth in the ceremony.
The veterans attending the ceremony were also presented with stars from a flag being retired, a way of showing appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made to defend our nation and her flag.
American flags should never be thrown away when they are replaced due to wear.
VFW Post 2678 accepts flags throughout the year to be properly retired. Worn flags may be dropped off at the Post Home at 6521 North Point Road from noon to 9 p.m. throughout the week.