Local American Legion posts retire flags

Countless damaged and distressed flags were burned in a dignified manner during a ceremony at the McMenamy Post.

The American Legion William D. Oxley Post 133 and the Charles P. McMenamy Post teamed up on Saturday afternoon for their annual American flag retirement ceremony.

Countless damaged and distressed flags were burned in a dignified manner during a ceremony at the McMenamy Post, 8041 Frankford Ave.

The ceremony featured prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, an honor guard and a bagpiper playing God Bless America and military hymns, with food and refreshments afterward.

Oxley chaplain Bob Cummings read the poem I am the Flag, which chronicles the history of the American flag flown in battle from Valley Forge to Fallujah.

The McMenamy Post and Oxley Post 133, 4637 Decatur St., accept torn, frayed, faded or soiled American, state or Prisoner of War flags throughout the year. ••