Bay Legion to celebrate Veterans Day with flag retirement

A portion of the 1,600 flags retired by the Bay American Legion last Flag Day. In addition to the flags collected locally, many flags are delivered to the post by local cemeteries for retirement. Photo by Jim Potter

The Bay Village American Legion Post 385 will be retiring American flags on Friday, Nov. 13, prior to their monthly meeting as part of their Veterans Day celebration.

Citizens with old, faded or torn flags may bring them to the Post Home at 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, just north of the White Oaks Restaurant. Flags can be placed in the red, white and blue box next to the door of the Post Home.

Flags will be retired with full military honors based on the U.S. Flag Code. The flags are unfolded and placed on a long table. They are first inspected by the 2nd Vice Commander, then by the 1st Vice commander. After these inspections, the Commander determines that the flags have served their intended purpose and can then be retired. He then relates the history and use of the U.S. flag.

The Chaplain then recites a prayer over the flags, followed by taps played by the Post Bugler. The national anthem is then played. During taps and the national anthem all members are at attention. A final Military Salute concludes the ceremony and flag retirement by fire begins.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.03.2015