Now that Memorial Day is behind us and summer lay ahead, many people start thinking about their Independence Day festivities: buying fireworks, planning cookouts, etc. Between now and then, however, is a holiday that, tragically, is all too often overlooked.
American Legion’s annual Flag Retirement Ceremony is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 11th at 5 PM, at the Coffee County Veterans Building: 130 Shelton Road in Manchester. All members of the public, especially school age children, are encouraged to attend to learn more about our American Flag; and why old flags are ceremonially destroyed, with dignity and honor, according to prescribed ritual.
This ceremony is held on or near June 14th, which is Flag Day – a holiday set aside for Americans to celebrate our national colors, the Stars & Stripes, in defense of which over a million men and women have sacrificed their lives.
This is a great time to replace any worn, faded, frayed or otherwise unserviceable flag with a new one. In addition to your own, look around you for any neighbors who may be sick or elderly: and offer to replace theirs as well.
The American Flag, by law, is never to be thrown away in the trash! NEVER! The Coffee County Veterans Building has an outdoor receptacle in which old flags may be deposited year-round. Your local veterans’ organizations, led by the American Legion, store the flags for annual retirement. We hope you and your family will join us for this educational event.