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The Woodridge
Veteran's of Foreign Wars
 Memorial Post 1578
http://www.woodridgevfw.org

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Flag Day
Saturday June 14, 2008



   

I think We made it clear that Veteranís Day is in November, and it is an awesome time to salute all of Our brave and heroic Veteranís, combat veterans, stateside veteran, all veterans are honored on this day.

So We have one last segment paying tribute to and saluting Our Brave Veterans.

On Saturday June 14, 2008, which was actually Flag Day, at The Woodridge Park District's Hawthorne Hill Woods and House in Woodridge, Illinois, The Woodridge Veteran's of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 1578 was putting on it's annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.

As more people proudly fly the American, a need to properly retire appears. After Flags have been flown over and over again, battling the elements, such as rain, snow ,hail sleet, all these American Flags that are proudly flying, become worn, tattered, or even ripped. When this happens, You to replace that flag. However if You a fly an American, then it is Your civic duty to properly dispose of Your Flag, with honor and dignity. You should never, never, never, ever, ever, ever throw out Your American Flag with the trash, such an act is disrespectful and un-American.

Throughout the year, people have the chance to drop off their worn-out American to The Woodridge VFW. If Your flag becomes unflyable, You can simply drop it off anytime 24/7, anytime day or night at The Woodridge Police Department. Inside The Police Station is an old U.S. Mail Box, beautifully decorated, and old flags can be placed there.

So The Woodridge VFW hosts a flag retirement Ceremony, in which they take all these flags from that mailbox and properly retire them. The process is this - The worn-out flag are cut into two pieces. The Blue and Red and stripes are separated. By doing this, this flag so no longer an American flag and just a piece of cloth and thus can be burned.

Flags were cut and put in the fire by members of Woodridge VFW Post 1578, family and friends of the post, some of America's finest Firefighters, hailing from The Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District and even members of the Community, just wanting to do their part, as far as American pride and patriotism.

The Day started out with a short formal presentation followed by all the flags cut and then thrown into the fire and thus The Flag are properly retired. After all the flags are burned, The Woodridge VFW members will come back the next day and bury the ashes from the flags.


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                              The Woodridge
                       Veteran's of Foreign Wars
                           Memorial Post 1578
                           http://www.woodridgevfw.org

                       Flag Retirement Ceremony

                                       Flag Day
                            Saturday June 14, 2008


                  
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