Hundreds of US flags retired at Davis County Fair signal a proper sendoff for Old Glory and teach the community a valuable lesson.
When it comes to dealing with an American flag that is unfit to fly, there is only one option – a proper retirement. That is exactly what a group of Farmington veterans will do during the Davis County Fair. Over the past few weeks, they collected hundreds of tattered and torn flags that are ready for a proper sendoff.
The American Legion Post 27 in Farmington, Utah volunteered to host the grand flag retirement ceremony at this year’s fair that is set to take place August 14-17. The Utah National Guard will also be present to help honor the flags, along with the Boy and Girl Scouts of America and several members of the Davis County fire departments.
The Post Commander Kent Hansen said, “Hundreds of flags contributed from all over the state will be burned with respect and dignity on a pyre that will create an unforgettable visual spectacle. We hope this will be the first of what will become an important annual event.”
The official United States Flag Code states that when an American flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a suitable symbol for the US, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. Post member Chuck Stephenson commented on the upcoming ceremony saying, “We’re already received quite a few flags, but we’ll take an many as we can get. The American flag is a symbol that deserves to be treated with the ultimate respect.”
The ultimate idea to hold a community-wide retirement ceremony actually came from the Legion’s sister post in Spanish Fork, which has help a similar annual ceremony for the past 15 years. The Spanish Fork post is now to the point where they retire thousands of worn our US flags each year.
Have you ever attended an American flag retirement ceremony? If so, how did you feel about it? Did you learn anything?