The Flag Code of the United States of America states that a worn, frayed, or otherwise damaged US flag should be retired in a manner which befits a symbol of our country.
That’s right, flags get to enjoy retirement too, although for them it’s a little different; the flags don’t get to spend more time with the grandchildren or go vacationing in Maui. Despite the loss of these benefits, this retirement, called “decommissioning,” is the proper way to dispose of a damaged American flag. After all, its not something that you can just throw in the garbage.
In order to give Western New Yorkers an opportunity to properly decommission their worn and torn flags, the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Delaware Avenue by Delavan will be hosting its first annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. The event will take place on Sunday June 14th in honor of Flag Day at 7:00pm, at the grave site of Sarah Hinson, the founder of Flag Day. People can bring their old flags to the ceremony where they will be properly and formally decommissioned.
This Flag Day celebration is sponsored by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America, the Erie County American Legion, the Buffalo Professional Firefighters, and the Forest Lawn Cemetery and Crematory.
This family event will include a visit from some Buffalo firefighters and an opportunity for kids to see their fire trucks. Participants will learn about the American Legion, Scouting, and Western New York history. Anyone who is looking to replace their old flag with a new one will have the opportunity to do so, with proceeds going to the greater Niagara Frontier Council Scouting and the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation.
For Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leaders, if you are interested in having your Scouts participate in the ceremony, you can contact Pat Covell, Southern Hills District Executive, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, 716.891.4073.