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AMVETS Post 106 Flag Retirement Ceremony

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To honorably dispose of worn U.S. flags, AMVETS Post 106 will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 at the post, which is located at 360 Brown Road, St. Peters, Missouri 63376. The event, which welcomes the public, is held with the assistance of St. Charles County veterans' organizations and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America troops. Free parking is available.

Veterans hope that more people will become aware that throwing a flag in the trash is not the correct way to dispose of an American flag.

"We'd rather they gave us their worn flags so we can dispose of them properly," said Sheldon Hartsfield, AMVETS Commander for the State of Missouri. "We like to have families bring their kids to the ceremony so we can explain how and why it's done."

About 5,000 flags are ceremonially retired each year by the post. Worn flags are collected in drop boxes outside veterans organizations. The colorful ceremony is conducted in a regimented, military style, with the flags inspected three times and verified that they are unserviceable for use before being incinerated. After the ashes are cooled, they are buried in a marked gravesite.

For more information about the ceremony, call AMVETS Post 106 at 636-397-1660.