In 1949, President Harry Truman signed legislation designating June 14 of each year as national Flag Day. Flag Day is a special day for Americans to reflect on our freedoms and the principles of our great nation for which the flag stands: Liberty, unity, justice, and sacrifice. Each year, Americans across the nation unfurl their flags on Independence Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and many other days throughout the year. For some of us, the Stars and Stripes decorate their porches and flagpoles all year as a daily reminder of what it means to be an American.
But, what do we do when our flags become tattered and torn, and can fly no longer?
On June 14, American Legion Post 4 and Auxiliary Unit 4 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Overton County Courthouse Square.
This event is open to the public.
If you have a torn and tattered flag in need of retirement, please feel free to bring it with you to our retirement. Members of the audience will be given the opportunity to present a flag for retirement either in honor of a living veteran or in memory of a deceased veteran.
If you do not have a flag to bring, please feel free to present one of the flags that we have collected since our last flag retirement.
Throughout the year flags may be left at the American Legion, Speck Funeral Home, the Overton County Services Building or you may give them to any member of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary.