Old flags officially retired during Legion Flag Day ceremony

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"We therefore conclude that this ceremony is both legal and proper, and that it is an effective instrument for promoting enhanced respect for the USA flag". North Branford State Representative Vincent Candelora participated in his role as Troop 453 Scout Master.

MOLINE, Illinois- Moline American Legion Post 246 celebrated Wednesday, Flag Day, with a flag retirement ceremony. Scott Wilson, Exalted Ruler of the Buckhannon Elks Lodge, said the ceremony is meant to encourage patriotism and remembrance of our veterans. A prayer was then led by the appointed Chaplain, which was followed by a recalling of the history and showing of all the past flags. Incoming North Branford High School senior Brandon Stimpson sang the National Anthem and Boy Scout Justin Patenaude played Taps during the ceremony. The Pledge of Allegiance marked the end of the ceremony.

On Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m., members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard, and members, members of Boy Scout Troop 219, family and friends gathered at the Legion picnic grounds for the annual disposal of American Flags.

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"We've teamed up with the American Legion and we are officially retiring several flags from the community that are torn and old and faded", Guadalupe Valley Young Marines Commander Dina Dillon said.

Reiley said there are guidelines to handling flags, including their retirement. One recognizes a friend of his wife, who gave his life in Vietnam in 1969; and one is there for Miller's own childhood friend, who died serving in the Vietnam War in 1967.

Anderson read the names of each person honored with a flag in this year's display, and also talked about the meaning of Flag Day. "We have to rededicate ourselves to what the flag stands for".

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"Flag Day is very important to the DAR, as is anything patriotic", Crozier said.

Post Commander Mark Authier, when asked how many flags were so honored and disposed of, just chuckled, saying he didn't know for sure but alluded to barrels of them.

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