Local flag retirement planned for Flag Day

American Legion Post 4 and Auxiliary Unit 4 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on the Overton County courthouse square Monday, June 14, beginning at 6:30 pm.

The event is open to the public. Those who have a torn and tattered flag in need of retirement are encouraged to bring it for retirement.

Members of the audience will be given the opportunity to present a flag for retirement either in honor of a living veteran or in memory of a deceased veteran. If you do not have a flag to bring, feel free to present one of the flags that have been collected by the American Legion since the last flag retirement. Throughout the year, flags may be left at the American Legion Hall, Speck Funeral Home, Millard Oakley County Services Building or may be given to any member of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary.

In 1949, President Harry Truman signed legislation designating June 14 of each year as national Flag Day.

Flag Day is a day for Americans to reflect on their freedoms and the principles of the nation for which the flag stands: Liberty, unity, justice, and sacrifice.

Each year, Americans across the nation unfurl their flags on Independence Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and many other days throughout the year. For some, the Stars and Stripes decorates their porches and flagpoles all year as a daily reminder of what it means to be an American.