CAMANCHE — Area veterans and community members gathered together Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery to retire worn American flags and honor Flag Day.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9664 Commander Glenn Williams was satisfied with how the 30-minute ceremony went. He added that he wished he had seen more people at the event, but joked that he always wants more people to attend.
Video: VFW Commander Glenn Williams about retiring worn American flags.
“We do this more for ourselves than everybody else. It’s just an affirmation of our love of country and flag and we show respect,” Williams said. “It’s Flag Day and we should show respect.”
Video: Camanche American Legion and VFW commanders talk about the American flag.
The VFW and American Legion has held this event for a few years. Throughout the year, these organizations, as well as the local AMVETS chapter, collect worn, faded and torn flags, utilizing drop-off boxes. Williams has three boxes with what he estimated as “thousands” of flags which need to be retired.
During the ceremony, Camanche American Legion Commander Pete Andresen spoke about respecting the American flag and not allowing people to desecrate it.
“I’m proud, not just of the role that American veterans have played in defending our flag over the years, but in the long history that the VFW, the American Legion and all the other veterans organizations have had in honoring it,” Andresen said.
Video: VFW Commander Glenn Williams on a Flag Day ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery in Camanche.
One faded flag was presented by members of the color guard during the ceremony, where Williams and Andresen declared that it should be retired in the proper manner — by fire. Color Guard Officer of the Day Mike Fullerton placed the properly folded flag into the fire and stood watch as it burned.