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Retirement of Old Glory

The American flag flies free to the government buildings, schools and residences across the United States. It is the most displayed banner in the world thanks to the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of brave service men and women.

After years of displaying freedom and the U.S. flag has become tattered or worn, Old Glory should be appropriately disposed of by burning.

Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans told those who came together for a flag burning ceremony Monday that the flag symbolizes peace, truth and justice.

“God bless America during these troubled times,” Evans said.

Across the nation, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution preserve local landmarks, historic structures and symbols of freedom.

“Respecting the flag is one of our objectives,” Regent Dahlia Bearden told those who gathered for the ceremony outside of the Sylvania Fire Station.

Bearden took the opportunity of honoring the flag to say that Americans need to become more familiar with how to show respect the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and how to care for flags placed at grave sites.

“We don’t know when to salute and when to stand,” said Bearden of many U.S. citizens. “We see many flags disrespected in cemeteries. When we put flags in cemeteries, let’s have a plan. We have them torn and faded there. Seeing a flag in the cemetery is beautiful, but it not beautiful when they are disrespected.”

Tattered flags, she said, should be removed and replaced with new ones.

Richard Montgomery, the commander of the local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars and master of ceremonies for the morning event, said local veterans put out 600 to 700 flags. Montgomery said people who notice a flag that is worn should notify the appropriate persons to have that flag removed.

For the ceremony, only one of the old flags is burned as the crowd salutes. The flag was presented to city firefighters by Cub Scouts Billy McCord and Broc Autry from Pack 391. Fellow Scouts Hayden Mundy presented the colors of the American flag, while Stone Autry presented the colors of the VFW flag for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the dozens of remaining flags turned in by citizens were burned by Sylvania fire department personnel John Rosier and Kurt Stossmeister.

Starr Mills read the patriotic poem “I Am Old Glory,” which was originally written by Master Sergeant Percy Webb, USMC.

“I Am Old Glory: For more than 10 score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans.
Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states.
Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions.
Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage.
They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity.
They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men.
So long as men love liberty more than life itself; so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.”

The 13 stripes stand for the 13 original colonies of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.