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Flag Day
and
Annual Flag Retirement

Jointly Sponsored by the C.A.R.

 

Each year on Flag Day (June 14th), the Fairfax Resolves Chapter and the Col. William Grayson Society, Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) observe Flag Day and perform a Flag Retirement Ceremony to dispose of flags that have reached the end of their useful life. This retirement ceremony, hosted by the Great Falls Library, is currently the only flag disposal program in Great Falls, and we work with various organizations in the community to make the program a success.

Flag Day, having been celebrated by various state and local celebrations, was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson by proclamation in 1916. His proclamation said in part:

“It has, therefore seemed to me fitting that I should call your attention to the approach of the anniversary of the day upon which the Flag of the United States was adopted by Congress as the emblem of the Union, and to suggest to you that this year and in the years to come be given special significance…I therefore suggest and request throughout the nation and, if possible, in every community, the fourteenth day of June be observed as Flag Day, with special patriotic exercises, at which means shall be taken to give significant expression to our thoughtful love of America…our determination to make it greater and purer….”

 

C.A.R. members retire worn American flags at a Flag Retirement Ceremony

C.A.R. members retire worn American flags at a Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 14th, however, was not an official holiday until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the day of each year as National Flag Day.

The Great Falls Library hosts the event, which is often carried out in the parking lot of library. U.S. Flag Code recommends burning as a dignified method for destroying a Flag "when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display", so members of the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department also attend to participate in the ceremony by conducting the actual flag disposal in a safe, controlled manner.

The SAR and C.A.R. conduct this event to promote patriotism and American heritage in the community and among young people in particular. Anyone interested in participating can contact the President of the Fairfax Resolves, or simply leave worn flags (year-round) at the Great Falls Library for this annual event.

 

 

Flag Retirement

June 14, 2014

 

The C.A.R. collected a lot of flags that were in need of proper retirement this year

The C.A.R. collected a lot of flags that were in need of proper retirement this year

C.A.R. members hand the flags to the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department member for disposal by fire

C.A.R. members hand the flags to the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department member for disposal by fire

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Some of the flags require some preparation before retirement

One lucky participant gets to help the firefighter put out the fire!

One lucky participant gets to help the firefighter put out the fire!

Group shot of the 2014 attendees and participants

Group shot of the 2014 attendees and participants

 

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