Community members join the Wreaths Across American project and combine wreaths with a flag retirement ceremony.
Every year in Florence, South Carolina the Wreaths Across America project honors thousands of fallen veterans with a special ceremony. This year the group teamed up with other community members to clean up the wreaths in a unique and fitting way. The entire event was a great act of patriotism and respect to the country and those that fought to keep it safe.
The wreaths dedicated to the veterans were then used as kindling for the American Flag retiring ceremony held at the National Guard VFW post in Florence. This year marked the first time the Wreaths Across American group combined their clean up with a U.S. flag retiring ceremony organized by the community. Old flags unfit to fly are respectfully burned in accordance to the U.S. Flag Code.
Local boy scouts and girl scouts also participated in the event. They helped by tossing stripes from the flags into the flames. Adults involved said they believed the ceremony was a great learning experience for everyone since a lot of people do not know how to properly retire a flag.
Laurie Stokes works with Wreaths Across America and has a deep respect for this country. She said, “I’ve been told that some flags were not treated with respect. We’ve salvaged them so that we can properly retire them, and give them the respect they deserve as a symbol of our country.”