More than 2,000 American flags retired in American Legion ceremony

WNLP photos and information by Bob Wellinski

Sometimes when the LaPorte American Legion invites people to submit worn American flags for proper disposal, maybe a few dozen citizens respond. Not this time. On June 16, 2018, American Legion Hamon Gray Post 83 conducted a ceremony to retire nearly 2,500 U.S. flags that had seen their better days — and that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

A crew from the LaPorte Fire Department stood by as the flags were burned during the ceremony.

Another flag disposal ceremony will be held around Labor Day since there were still several flags that did not fit into the burn container. If you have an American flag in poor condition, a flag disposal box is located behind the American Legion post at 228 E. Lincolnway.

One Response to “More than 2,000 American flags retired in American Legion ceremony”

  1. Oldeskule

    Jun 19. 2018

    As a participant, I can tell you what a solemn ceremony this really is. When the next retirement/disposal is done, please come and see for yourself.

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