December 21, 2014

American Legion holding Flag Day ceremony Saturday

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3221 M-76
Standish, MI 48658
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STANDISH — Members of the American Legion will pay tribute to American flags with a Flag Day ceremony at the Standish Legion hall June 14.

Letty Simmet, who is organizing the ceremony, said the event gives community members the opportunity dispose of old, tattered flags in the proper manner.

“We have a bonfire going. We take the flags and we drape them over a pole, and we bring them over to the bonfire, and we lower them on the fire where they are cremated,” she said.

Area residents can bring their tattered flags, and oftentimes the American Legion members allow the public to participate in the ritual, Simmet said. She said this is the official disposal method for American flags.

“You don’t throw it in the garbage,” she said. “You don’t throw it in your furnace or incinerator.”

Before the flags are set on the fire, Simmet said veterans will form an honor guard and perform a Flag Day ritual.

“We have a service that we recite, a prayer and all of that,” she said. “They usually say something about the story of the flag.”

Simmet said most years, local members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also help out with the ceremony.

The Standish American Legion hall is located at 3221 M-76. The Flag Day service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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