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Farmington American Legion Hosts Solemn Flag Disposal Ceremony

The post burns unserviceable flags once a year, on Flag Day.

Members of , with assistance from two Farmington Boy Scouts, disposed of old, worn flags during a Thursday evening ceremony.

Matt Allmayer, 16, and Sean McLoughlin, 15, both members of Troop 45, carried flags as Post members certified they were no longer serviceable. The two flags were then hung on a rack over a metal bin that contained another flag, which was doused with fuel and set on fire. As Legion members held a salute, the hanging flags caught fire, fell in and were consumed. 

Post Commander Ralph Philp said the remainder of the unserviceable flags would be taken to in Farmington, where they will be burned as well. 

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