Flag Day retirement ceremony held

Melanie Sherman - Special to OVP

POINT PLEASANT — On June 14th at 6:14 p.m. (Flag Day), the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, held a Flag Retirement Ceremony and invited the public to attend. Fruth Pharmacy helped collect over 600 flags for retirement.

Flags came in from all over Ohio and West Virginia for the ceremony. Some of the flags had letters enclosed describing the importance of the flag to their family and loved ones. One flag with a letter came from Columbus, Ohio. The letter enclosed stated that the flag was given to her due to her father’s military service. The author of the letter was unsure what to do with the flag when it became worn and needed to be replaced. She was very grateful for the Sons of the American Revolution retiring it properly.

Flags are retired properly in a flag retirement ceremony. The flag is given dignity and respect. U.S. Flag Code (Section 176) requires that a worn or torn flag is burned to complete ashes.

“It was an awesome experience,” stated Mary Harris, Fruth Pharmacy representative. “My family served and knows the importance the flag holds. I found the ceremony to be a respectful and emotional time. I am glad for the opportunity to have attended.”

Many of Harris’ family served in the U.S. forces. Mary had a relative that was missing in action during the Vietnam War. His body was finally recovered a few years ago and laid to rest with other family members.

If you would like to have your flag retired properly or want to learn more about membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, please contact the current local chapter president, Ed Cromley at ed_cromely@hotmail.com.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company and serves local communities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy celebrates 65 years of serving customers in 2017.



Melanie Sherman

Special to OVP

Melanie Sherman works for Fruth Pharmacy.

Melanie Sherman works for Fruth Pharmacy.