Flag Retirement Ceremony - Join Brian Thomas

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649 of Clermont County and Scout Troop 742 of Batavia will hold their ninth annual flag retirement ceremony on Sunday, June 9th at 1:00 PM in the Union Township Amphitheatre.

Last year VVA Chapter 649 retired over three thousand torn and tattered flags.Scout troop 742 will be conducting the ceremony.Brian Thomas of 55 WKRC will be the master of ceremonies, Bob McGee, Union Township Trustee will be the keynote speaker and The National Award-Winning Union Township Color Guard will present the colors.

This year, the first 25 people who bring a flag to be retired will receive a free 3 x 5-foot flag (Made in the U.S.A.) compliments of Bill Graybill and Ohio Valley Flag. The free flags will be presented at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The flag retirement ceremony is held as a public service to the community for the purpose of demonstrating proper flag etiquette and the respectful retirement of the United States Flag. The public in encouraged to bring their old or tattered flags to the ceremony for retirement. Michael Newman, President of Clermont County VVA 649 said, "This is an excellent program for your children and grandchildren to attend and learn about flag etiquette and the proper technique for folding the flag and the meaning of each fold.”

The ceremony consists of separating the colors of the flag from the field of stars and burning each section.The Scouts will explain the meaning of each stripe and the field of stars and explain why the flag is retired in this manner.Later, the ashes will be buried in a pre-designated burial site.Only one flag will be retired at this ceremony with the remaining flags retired in like manner, later.

The Union Township Civic Center Amphitheatre is located behind the Administration building at 4350 Aicholtz Road, Clermont County, OH. If you can’t attend, you may drop off your old flags at Union Township Civic Center, Yellow Ribbon Center, Joe Kid Auto Center. Amelia Florist, Campbell’s Barn, all Union Township Fire Stations and the State Highway Patrol.