Friday, June 15, 2012
The post burns unserviceable flags once a year, on Flag Day.
Members of American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346, 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 Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, where they will be burned as well.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
It's Flag Day, and the Farmington American Legion Post will retire unserviceable flags in a special ceremony tonight.
Today marks the American flag's 235th birthday and the 63rd official celebration of Flag Day in the U.S. Tonight, you can watch as old, worn flags are disposed of in a dignified ceremony at the Farmington American Legion. Here's what else you should know today: The temperature creeps closer to 80 degrees today, under mostly sunny skies. The National Weather Service predicts a low tonight around 55, under mostly clear skies. A "Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags" takes place today in the rear parking lot of American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 in Farmington. Everyone is invited to attend; the ceremony takes about 45 minutes. Join the Farmington Historical Society today at 7 p.m. for an ice cream social on the porch of this …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Farmington post continues Flag Day tradition.
American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 held its annual ceremony for the disposal of old flags Tuesday at 6 p.m., in the parking lot behind the Farmington post headquarters. The event is always held on Flag Day, June 14, which commemorates the day the U.S. flag was adopted in 1777, by order of the Second Continental Congress. About a dozen people attended the event, including a group of Cub Scouts who assisted with the ceremony. After certifying that the flags were no longer serviceable, members burned them, in keeping with the requirements of the U.S. Flag Code.