Flags retired with honor
Antrim Troop 2 Scouts Nick Batty, Sean Grady, Tim Batty and Max Davie display one of the 500 American flags retired as part of a flag ceremony last Friday in Antrim's Memorial Park.
Myers-Prescott-Olson American Legion Post 50 member Scott Carbee places a flag to be burned as part of Friday's flag retirement ceremony. Burning flags and burying the ashes are part of the Flag Code for
retiring worn or faded U.S. flags.
Peterborough and Antrim both held formal ceremonies last week to retire worn and faded American flags.
In Antrim, with the Memorial Park and Mill Pond as a backdrop, Boy Scout Troop 2 and members of the Myers-Prescott-Olson Post 50 gathered Friday to honorably retire an estimated 500 American flags.
After a ceremonial last raising and lowering of a flag to be retired by a Color Guard from Troop 2 and the Pledge of Allegiance, veterans, Scouts, and other attendees were given an opportunity to speak about what the flag meant to them. American Legion Commander Steven V. Roy and Ted Brown gave readings, while Legion members Don Paige and Scott Carbee presented the flags to be retired before the fire.
Boy Scout Troop 2 continued the ceremony by retiring the symbolic flag, taking off one stripe at a time, representing the 13 original colonies, and giving a reading as each was burned. Finally, the stars and field of blue was placed on the fire.
Veterans were asked to place a flag on the fire, followed by first responders, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the public, and all remaining flags were honorably burned. Flags from Antrim, Bennington and Francestown were retired during the ceremony, and the ashes buried near the war memorials in Antrim’s Memorial Park.
Should a flag need to be retired, please contact a Legion, VFW, or Boy Scout member. Most local transfer stations have a collection box as well, which in turn will be given to the veteran’s organizations.
For more information, contact Scoutmaster Brian Beihl at 588-3014, or Post 50 Legion member Ted Brown at 588-2886.