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American Legion Holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Jun 30, 2021

Commander Herbie McEowen Leads Flag Retirement.

Flag Day was observed by Sistersville American Legion Post 67 with a Flag Retirement Ceremony held on June 14, 2021. The ceremony was held outdoors behind the American Legion. The Sistersville American Legion Post 67 has been collecting old or damaged flags for several years. During the ceremony over 2000 damaged flags, most of which were from Paden City American Legion Post 86, were destroyed.

Ceremonial burning of the American flag, as noted in the US Flag code, recommends the preferred method of retiring a damaged American Flag is burning. The flag should be folded military style into the traditional triangle fold at which point it can be carefully lowered into the fire while those around take a moment to salute and honor it.

As another sign of respect, Commander Herbie McEowen led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Officers participating in the ceremony were Herbie McEowen — Commander, Ed Dalrymple -Chaplain, Ed Camerlin 1st Vice, Raymond BB Smith -2ndVice, and Patrick Mars – Sergeant of Arms. The traditional delivery of the flags to the fire was led by the Sons of the American Legion including, Chuck Price, Raymond Smith, David Lasure, Ron Williams, and Larry Price.

Holding the American Flag is Leigh Utt, the POW/MIA Flag is Clinton Utt, and the Post 67 American Legion Flag is Lincoln Goode.

Chuck Laugh played Taps at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Sistersville American Legion Post 67 extends special thanks to those who show appreciation to our veterans who have passed away by marking their grave site on Flag Day. Also special thanks are given to Gary and Francis Weekley and John Snider.