Brewer American Legion hosts flag retirement

Posted May 11, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — There is a ceremony that is held to properly retire an American flag, and the American Legion Daniel Geagan Post No. 98 will host its first-ever flag retirement ceremony next week.

“Those who have any old flags who want to dispose of them properly can bring them over,” Ronald Hanson, adjutant of the post, said Wednesday. “We have a ceremony and it’s the only proper way.”

Cadets from Brewer High School’s Junior ROTC program are assisting the veterans with the ceremony.

Often people don’t know how to take care of old, faded flags and sometimes throw them into the trash, Hanson said.

Faded or tattered flags no longer fit for display should be “destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to the United States Flag Code.

The date for the flag retirement was picked because many people take their flags out of storage for the first time of the year on Memorial Day, Hanson said.

The ceremony is scheduled 3 p.m. May 18 at the Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

Those who just want to drop off their used flags can do so starting at 2:30 p.m., Hanson said.

“If all goes good, maybe we’ll hold another one next year,” he said.

Those with questions can call Hanson at 989-3598 or 944-3598.

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