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Legion, VFW dispose of ‘unserviceable flags’

June 20, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Thursday, July 14, as the sun was setting on Pine island, approximately 60 people gathered at the Pine Island American Legion Post 136 for the "dignified disposal of unserviceable American flags."

"The U.S. Flag Code suggests that, when a flag has served its useful purpose, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning," Pine Island VFW Post 4353 Commander Austin White said. "With the help of Pine Island's Boy Scout Troop #20, that's what we're doing at the American Legion tonight."

"Many American Legion posts conduct Disposal of Unserviceable Flag Ceremonies on June 14 (Flag Day) each year," former American Legion Commander Tom Lewis said. "Many people don't know what to do with their old flags and this is a special and very dignified way to do so."

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Members of Pine Island Boy Scout Troop #20, above, participated in the joint Flag Day ceremony last Thursday at the American Legion Post.


The flags were in plastic bags and piled on tables ready for disposal before they were officially presented by the sergeant-at-arms to the commanders. The members of Boy Scout Troop #20, members of the public and special guests Pat and Nancy McCarn from Wreaths Across America carried out the task of placing the flags in the fire.

"We've never had this many flags before," White said. "People have been dropping them off for several weeks."

Each December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, the organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

"After the ceremony, the flag remains will be gathered and handed over to the McCarns, who will transport them to the 'Rainbow Memorials at Sea,'" Lewis said.



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