POINT PLEASANT — Retiring the flag happens with great respect.
Around Mason County there are boxes intended for the collection of used and worn out flags, so that they will be disposed of properly according to flag etiquette legislation from Congress. This legislation was adopted on June 14, 1923 and dictated the way in which the flag of the United States of America is to be handled and disposed of. It is this day that is nationally recognized as Flag Day.
According to Ed Cromley, president of the Point Pleasant Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, it is necessary to retire the flag properly out of respect for those who died to preserve it.
“Part of our mission in the Sons of the American Revolution is to education and inspire patriotism. We do both through this event,” said Cromley.
He also explained that many are not aware of the process of disposing a flag according to federal code, and this helps educate the public and inspire them to patriotism.
The formal ceremony will occur at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park on June 14 at 6:14 p.m. Flags are being collected at the four libraries in Mason County as well as the county courthouse. Each location has a specially marked box into which worn flags can be placed. Fruth’s Pharmacy is also participating in the collection process, offering 10 percent off the cost of a new flag when a worn flag is brought into any one of their stores.
On hand to perform the official retirement will be local Boy Scouts, who have assisted in the past.
The actual process of flag retirement consists of folding the flag in the proper manner, and respectfully placing it onto a fire where it is consumed, often with a bugle playing. This will be the third year SAR has held a retirement ceremony locally. Last year between 300 and 400 flags were retired.
“We had so many flags retired that we had to take a break in the middle so the scouts could get close enough to the fire,” stated Cromley.
It is unknown how many will be retired this year, but with Fruth’s participation and the collection boxes spread across Mason County, it is sure to be a significant figure.
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