We encourage citizens to replace worn flags with new flags. The ceremony is scheduled for December 10th at the museum.
Unserviceable flags can be dropped off at the Hemline Monroe or the museum from now until December 10th during business hours. Worn flags can also be brought to the ceremony. Military etiquette dictates that worn flags be burned in a retirement ceremony and that the ashes be gathered and buried. The burning is to symbolize purification and rebirth when performed. The ceremony will be performed by representatives from veterans&rsquo organizations and first responders.
New, quality flags can be purchased from the Chennault Museum and Hemline with proceeds benefitting the museum. The ceremony will be held during the museum annual member Christmas party.
"We want to encourage everyone to display the flag in a manner that's fitting to the wonderful country it represents. Our campaign also serves to improve the community's overall image and patriotic spirit. This will not only honor our veterans but also leave a positive impression on visitors to our area. American flags make great gifts during the holidays as well," said Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, Director of the Chennault Museum.
The ashes from the retired flags will be buried at a later date near the Fallen Soldier Memorial at the Chennault Museum. This event is contingent on the weather. The public can check the museum Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/ChennaultMuseum/