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VFW Post 577 holds flag retirement ceremony

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 18:59:55-04

Honoring the stars and stripes with flag retirement ceremonies - while some are at the end of the road, others are seeing new life in Brookside.

These flags have seen better days.

They may be ripped or stained, but today on Flag Day, they're receiving a proper send-off

Old glory is getting the proper service it deserves.

These dropped off at the VFW with rips and stains - folded and tossed into an official retirement park - ending its service with a salute.

"We retrieve all the grommets and those grommets are given to people in remembrance of the flag," Veteran Max said. "And at that point, we gather all the ashes and properly bury them here on site."

Three thousand American flags laid to rest Thursday morning at the only permanent retirement facility in Oklahoma.

While this is the end of the road for some - others are seeing a new chance at life.

Boy Scout Troop 26 planting the stars and stripes in the maple ridge neighborhood, so each lawn that signed up for the service is decorated in red, white, and blue for the holiday.

It's a symbol of our country's freedom and liberty and such an honorable thing

Both brand new and retired American flags handled with care and respect.

You can place your ripped or stained American flag in this box outside the VFW post downtown any time of the year so they can be retired properly.

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