Old Glory Flown and Laid to Rest on Flag Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/03

Old Glory Flown and Laid to Rest on Flag Day

In 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress declaring June 14th as Flag Day, a day to show flag appreciation by flying it proudly. Across the Hub City on Saturday, the stars and stripes waved proudly in front of homes and businesses, but they were also laid to rest.

Flag Day is a day of celebration for American flags of the present and the past. With time, gentle breezes take a toll on Old Glory, and the American Legion makes sure each veteran flag isn't forgotten.

"The nature of this ceremony is to retire flags serving our country in a proper manner, which is by burning," says Tom Bourland, a WWII Veteran and American Legion member.

Flag bearers of all ages gathered to pay their last respects to the stars and stripes of the past. No matter how large or small, how torn or tattered, each flag is given a final salute and retired, one by one.

"The general public brings flags to us and we probably have 50-75 flags to retire," says Bourland.

The American Legion says flags should never be thrown away, but honored one last time as they are laid to rest.

"The dirt should never touch the flag, so we do not bury flags, and we don't throw them in the dump. They are to be retired in a respectful manner," says Bourland.

As their days of billowing in the breeze come to an end, memories of them live on in flags who faithfully follow.

Any flag that is torn, faded, or just worn out should be retired. To have your flag disposed of properly, you can call the American Legion here in Lubbock at (806) 794-9006.

Flag retirement ceremonies are held each year on Flag Day, June 14th.

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