Retired from service


Handle with care: World War II veteran Ralph Wesner (left), 89, and Paul Baker (right) help carry old American flags to storage. The tattered and faded flags will be burned in a special ceremony Saturday. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

The next step: Air Force veteran Dick Nolan gathers old flags for Saturday's ceremony. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

The old shards of cloth are tired, poor, huddled masses of refuse now that they’re too tattered to fly proudly from front porches and school yards.

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