Belleville Legion retires 500 American flags in special burning ceremony

Belleville American Legion member Ed Hall salutes as he retires several flags last week. Contributed photo

American Legion Post 105 hosted a Flag Retirement Ceremony of more than 500 flags at the post, with Legionnaires, members of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 105 and friends of the post in attendance.

“Let these faded flags of our country be retired and destroyed with respectful and honorable rites and their places be taken by bright new flags of the same size and kind,” Post 105 Commander Joseph J. Cobianchi said. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

The American Legion is one of the patriotic organizations allowed to perform such a ceremony, which lasted over three hours, with members standing guard over the fire until it was completely out.

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