Members of the Jay American Legion Post 195 marked last week's Flag Day with a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Legion Hall in Jay.

The event, which took place on Friday, June 15, allowed American Legion members to retire more than a hundred flags by burning, accompanied by a respectful ceremony.  

The ceremony began with an inspection of the flags to determine they were no longer serviceable as each member of the legion brought the flags forward for inspection.

Once it was officially announced the flags were unserviceable, Legion members spoke of the “precious symbol” the flag was, that “men and women have fought for and died for the flag”.

As recognition of the blood shed for the flag, the ceremony progressed to burning the flags, as Legion members said, that was the only respectful way to destroy the flags.

Legion members combined the ceremony with an educational component, designed to help educate the young audience members.

Legion members talked of the flag and those who served, including those veterans in attendance representing World War II, the Korean War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The youngest veteran in attendance, Cody Thompson, served one year in Afghanistan. His wife, Emily Bryant Thompson is a captain in the US Army. She recently returned from Afghanistan with an injury.

Those participating in the ceremony included Robert Lawson (Commander), Pat Cordell (past Commander), Gene Hutchison (Senior Vice-Commander), David Dunham (Post Chaplain), Richard McQuoid (Sergeant at Arms) plus Robert and Debra Bowers, Larry Duff and Turner Hopkins.