Three things to know: Flag disposal ceremony

GREENFIELD — Sunday is Flag Day, and to celebrate, local veteran organizations will conduct a special ceremony to burn unserviceable U.S. flags.

National Flag Day has been celebrated each June 14 since President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the day as such in 1949.

Representatives from the Voiture Locale 1415, American Legion Post 119, Veterans of Foreign Wars 2693, Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs from local communities will host the annual Joint Veterans Service Organization flag disposal ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Why burn flags?

Flag-burning is a longtime ritual that properly and respectfully disposes of American flags that are old, have been torn or are soiled. The ceremony is solemn and dignified and pays tribute to the flag and its symbolism, organizers said.

2. Can I attend?

The veterans organizations encourage residents to attend the event and bring family and friends. Those with tattered, torn or worn flags should bring them to be disposed of. Last year, 1,000 flags were burned. Organizers said they believe at least 1,000 will be burned again this year.

3. When and where?

The event is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the La Place recreational property (near Steele Ford Road and County Road 275E). If the weather is bad, the event will be moved to 7 p.m. Sunday.

After the ceremony, snacks and refreshments will be served.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or