VFW Post 8904, Ladies Auxiliary Host Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 13, 2015 - (Album) In recognition of Flag Day, members of VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary held a U.S. flag retirement ceremony at their post home.

Assisting the members were Boy Scout troop 119 and local residents.

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, led the initial ceremony. He provided a history of Flag Day which commemorates the adoption of the United Sates flag on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

"The flags that we retire here today that are on this table have served us well, but due to their condition are no longer suitable for display. Fresh flags now fly in their place and they carry on the honor and dignity of 'Old Glory,'" said Hume.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said one last time in the presence of the flags before their retirement followed by Taps as presented by Post Commander Mike Langford.

Langford then directed everyone participating in the flag retirement ceremony on the proper etiquette to retiring the U.S. flag.

Information on proper flag etiquete can be read by clicking here