HOUSTON – “We’ve got POW flags, American flags, whatever anyone wants to retire,” said Cara Chisolm of the 10th annual flag retirement ceremony sponsored by the Houston Pilot Club, VFW 7149 and American Legion Post 95 and held June 12 in Joe Brigance Park.
The groups saw a need to encourage people to take down their old, torn and faded flags annually and replace them with new ones and decded to facilitate the effort by holding the ceremony to retire them by fire.
After the flags are gathered, they are dismantled with the blue field cut out and the stripes separated. They are then burned to retire them from service.
“This is the only time an American flag is burned,” Chisolm said.
Chisolm served as master of ceremonies at the service and spoke of one old, faded flag on display.
“We have an old friend here who has served its duty to our country,” Chisolm said. “We pay honor to these flags for representing our country. We honor these flags as we retire them from duty.”
The group retired over 50 flags from service during the ceremony and Bob Verell closed the program with “Taps.”