Flag retirement ceremony shows how to lay old flags to rest with dignity

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 9:16 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - It’s the symbol of our American freedom, but at some point wear and tear on a U.S. flag forces her to be retired from duty. But a local VFW post is making sure it’s done so in a dignified manner.

“Going out helping people living up to the Oath and law just making sure i left the place better than I found it,” said Troop 14 Junior Assistant Scout Master Gabriel Kochanowski.

Miracle Mile Rockford hosted a flag retirement ceremony with the help VFW Post 9759 and Boy Scout Troop 14 from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Some Rockfordians even brought their lawn chairs to watch the retirement ceremony in the parking lot of the old Magna grocery store on East State Street. As many old flags are polyester, VFW honor guards were sure to retire them in an environmentally friendly way.

“I’m just really thankful to be here today to help our community with the flags,” said Troop 14 member Emma Cirone.

“We go we help out others especially with this, this is really fun as well,” said Clifford Chappell from Troop 14.

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