VVA 649 11th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649 of Clermont County and Boy Scout Troop 742 of Batavia will hold their eleventh annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 12th at 1:00 PM in the Union Township Amphitheatre.
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. Steve Tam, Chairperson of the VVA 649 Flag Retirement Ceremony said, "This is an excellent program for your children and grandchildren to attend to learn about flag etiquette and the proper care of the flag".
Last year VVA 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, and Ken Williamson, President of Chapter 649 will be the Keynote Speaker.
The retirement ceremony consists of separating the colors of the flag from the field of stars and burning each section. The boy 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 first ten people who bring a flag to be retired will receive a free 3 foot by 5 foot flag at the end of the ceremony.
The Union Township Civic Center Amphitheatre is located behind the Administration building at 4350 Aicholtz Road, Clermont County, OH. If you can’t attend the ceremony, you may drop off flags for retirement at the following locations: Union Township Civic Center, Everything Bagels, Campbell’s Barn, all Union Twp Fire Stations, the State Highway Patrol – Batavia, and Tufts Funeral Home in Goshen.