VFW Post 5791 Respectfully Retires Worn Old Glory

June 13, 2014

by Len Lathrop

Flags of our country are retired after they have been inspected and condemned as unserviceable.  As they have reached their present state in a proper service of tribute, memory and love, the flags are disposed of by burning.  The VFW has preformed this service every spring in the parking lot of their building on Bockes Road.

On Saturday, June 7, VFW Commander John Kolheimer offered the following as the service began:  “A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk.  Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great, but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that our dear country stands for:  a free nation of free men and women.  True to the faith of the past, and devoted to the ideals and practice of justice, freedom and democracy.  It represents all that our fathers, the grand army of the republic, and our nation’s defenders in all conflicts lived for, sacrificed for and died for.”

“Let these faded flags of our country be retired and destroyed with respectful and honorable rites and their places taken by bright new flags of the same size and kind, and let no grave of our soldiers, sailor or airman dead be unhonored and unmarked.”