GRETNA, Va. — American Legion Post 232 of Gretna held its annual flag retirement ceremony on Friday.
Dating again to the Revolutionary War, flag retirement ceremonies are used when a flag or a number of flags have outlived their use of service. They get worn, torn, ripped or discolored. It is just not referred to as a “flag burning” as a result of it’s a respectful ceremony for the flags.
“We are here to respectfully retire several American flags that have outlived their purpose and completed their duty in representing the United States of America,” stated A.W. Younger.
This yr, 119 flags have been retired.
Tom Lewis commented the variety of flags that was to be retired exceeded expectations. The most quantity retired was greater than 140.
Boy Scout Troop 346 from Chatham was one in all two Scout troops to assist with the ceremony.
During this ceremony, cub and boy scouts with some service members would stand in line, seize a folded flag in its triangle form and stroll it to 2 legion members who would unfold the flag and fold it in half to be retired.
After all of the flags have been retired, TAPS was performed and everyone would depart respectfully. The fires would burn undisturbed, and the ashes can be buried in a grave in an unknown location.
Before every ceremony on the primary or second Friday in October, the Post accepts flags in a retired flag drop field outdoors the doorway.