Burning a worn or faded American flag is the only proper way to dispose of “Old Glory” and this formal ceremony pays due respect to historical traditions that honor the nation’s most important symbol. Commander Jim Whalen and members of the Floral Park American Legion Post held the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14 at the Floral Park Recreation parking lot, with the assistance of the Floral Park Fire Department. More than two dozen community members joined for the ceremonies.
Anyone with a flag to be retired may deposit it in the drop box in front of the Floral Park American Legion Hall on Elizabeth Street, across from John Lewis Childs School or at 113 South Tyson Ave. Additionally, a member of the Floral Park American Legion will come to your home or office if you are unable to deliver the flag to either location. To arrange a pick-up contact Past Commander Jim MacDonald at 516-437-0901.
(Photos by Christy Hinko)