June 21, 2019

Field-Allen Post 148 and Troop 805 Flag Day Ceremony

By Dave Tanguay

Promptly at 7 p.m. on Flag Day - June 14, the American Legion Field-Allen Post and Boy Scout Troop and Pack Members conducted a solemn Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Windham Veterans Center. Prior to the ceremony the Troop and Pack members were instructed in the origin of these flags that were about to be retired. 

The flags were collected over Memorial Day weekend from the graves of our local veterans and replaced with bright new flags for the coming year. After receiving instructions on the proper procedure for retiring the flags by burning the Scouts participated in the retirement ceremony and in turn placed their bundle of flags on the fire. Each bundle of flags had been previously inspected and deemed unserviceable and ready for disposal by the Post 1st Vice Commander, Eric Bickford and Post Americanism Officer, David Horne. 

During the Ceremony it was noted by Commander Mel Greenier that, “A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze or a beautiful banner of the finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great, but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for, lived for and died for- a free nation of free men and women, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practices of justice, freedom and democracy.”

Greenier then commanded, “Let these faded flags of our country be retired and destroyed with respect and honorable rites and their place be taken by bright, new flags of the same size and kind and let no grave of our soldiers, sailors, Marines and Airmen dead, be unhonored and unmarked”. Following a brief prayer by Post Chaplain, Richard Drapeau, the Sargeant at Arms, Richard Graves, directed the scouts to in turn place their bundle of flags on the fire. He then retired the troop.

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