Honorably discharged

More than 9,000 worn U.S. flags retired at two Flag Day ceremonies

 

Officials with the Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 in Bayport salute as a stack of 1,000 worn American flags are burned Friday evening at the Perro Park hockey rink in a Flag Day flag-retirement ceremony. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

Officials with the Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 in Bayport salute as a stack of 1,000 worn American flags are burned Friday evening at the Perro Park hockey rink in a Flag Day flag-retirement ceremony. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

Cory Spawn, left, and Jackson Brown, members of Boy Scout Troop 113, demonstrate the proper way to fold the American flag during Bayport’s annual Flag Day flag-retirement ceremony in Perro Park. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

Cory Spawn, left, and Jackson Brown, members of Boy Scout Troop 113, demonstrate the proper way to fold the American flag during Bayport’s annual Flag Day flag-retirement ceremony in Perro Park. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

More than 9,000 tattered and worn U.S. flags were burned at a Flag Day ceremonies Friday and Saturday in Bayport and May Township.

Members of the Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 of Bayport and Boy Scout troops 113 and 224 conducted the solemn ceremony to properly dispose of worn U.S. flags at the Perro Park hockey rink Friday evening. Another 8,500 flags were retired Saturday afternoon during a ceremony at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake.

At the Bayport ceremony, Boy Scouts presented a short program about the history of the U.S. flag and scouts Cory Spawn and Jackson Brown demonstrated the proper way to fold the U.S. flag.

Legion post commanders then conducted another brief ceremony acknowledging the condition of the flags before Bayport Fire Department firefighters Andy Swenson and Brandon Johnson lighted the stack of flags on fire.

“Since these flags have become unserviceable in a worthy cause, I recommend they be destroyed,” said a Legion post official.

Post No. 491 Commander Wayne Peterson said fewer flags were collected for disposal this year than the 1,800 the post collected in 2012. He added that one reason is more veteran’s organizations are conducting flag-retirement ceremonies.

“More and more places are doing it now,” he said.

More than 300 visitors attended the Veterans Campground ceremony and luncheon Saturday. The American Legion Third District organized the campground ceremony with Forest Lake American Legion Post No. 225 members and Park (Cottage Grove) High School Air Force Jr. ROTC cadets participating. The Veterans Campground, located at Manning Avenue and 180th Street, holds its public flag retirement ceremony the Saturday after Flag Day.

Members of the Forest Lake American Legion Post No. 225 honor guard hold a folded American flag during a Flag Day flag retirement ceremony Saturday at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Forest Lake American Legion Post No. 225 honor guard hold a folded American flag during a Flag Day flag retirement ceremony Saturday at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake. (Submitted photo)

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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