Atwood American Legion Commander Ken Caraway, center, salutes the American flags as Larry Price and Howard Kamm carefully burn them. The weather was hot, but the ceremony went on as planned.
By Doris Elmore
Flag burning is a special part of Flag Day, June 14. This is a solemn ceremony to properly dispose of unserviceable flags. A total of 162 flags that had been given to the Atwood American Legion Post 770 throughout the year were burned.
Resolution #440 was passed by the 19th National Convention of the American Legion in New York on September 20-23, 1937. Since then, the flag burning ceremony has been an integral part of the American Legion custom and tradition.
American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to helpfulness. A special service was written to retire American flags in a dignified ceremonial burning. Flag Day, June 14, is recommended as the most appropriate day on which to annually conduct this ceremony.