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Will Proudly Fly No More

Buy this photo Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:30 am

The St. Clair American Legion officially retired 216 flags on Saturday during a Flag Day ceremony at the Post 347 location. The event is an annual tradition at the local service organization. Here, Legion First Vice President James Meyers salutes one of the flags as it is held by fellow Legion member and Adjutant Scott Crews and another unseen member during the noon ceremony. In the background attending to the Legion flag is World War II veteran Pete Sachs. After the ceremony, Crews and other members placed the old, faded and tattered flags in the burner, where they were retired. According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Oftentimes, that process is overseen by a service organization such as the American Legion.  

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