American Legion retires old flags

Post 147 stages semiannual ceremony

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

LEDBETTER — More than a dozen members and guests of American Legion Post 147 conducted the post’s semiannual exercise of a flag retirement ceremony.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Wayne Johnson, first vice commander for American Legion Post 147, throws a handful of unserviceable flags into the flames.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Wayne Johnson, first vice commander for American Legion Post 147, throws a handful of unserviceable flags into the flames.

Member Carlton Hawkins estimated some 200 American, North Carolina state  and possibly some P.O.W. flags were among those deemed unserviceable due to age or affects by exposure to the elements.

Hawkins said the post receives flags from county and state government buildings, including post offices, as well as local businesses and individuals. Flags can be dropped off at the American Legion drop box at VFW Post 4203 in Rockingham 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The box is located beside the tank.

Post members noted it’s a flag retirement ceremony, and members followed a script by which they honor the service and use of flags as  being symbolic of the freedoms celebrated in the United States.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com John Carr, second vice commander of American Legion Post 147, completes the final step of a proper flag retirement ceremony.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
John Carr, second vice commander of American Legion Post 147, completes the final step of a proper flag retirement ceremony.

 

 

 

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