On Saturday, Sept. 28, members of Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Ladies Auxiliary performed a flag retirement ceremony at Fort Uncompahgre. Every September post and auxiliary members retire the damaged flags they have collected during the year.
Local Boy and Girl Scouts, their leaders and their parents are invited to this solemn ceremony where VFW members explain flag retirement laws and traditions and provide information about basic flag etiquette.
Kids and adults alike are often surprised to learn that the United States flag code, written and passed by Congress in 1923, states: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
This year VFW and auxiliary members assisted the Scouts in the dignified retirement of nearly 100 United States and Colorado state flags. The Scouts were encouraged to help fold the damaged flags for retirement and assist in their disposal.
Fort Uncompahgre director Ken Reyher, himself a veteran, buries the ashes of the retired flags at an unspecified location at Fort Uncompahgre with the approval of the City of Delta, the final step in the retirement tradition of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Here the retired flags may rest in peace, having completed their lifetime of service as the symbol of the United States of America.blog comments powered by Disqus