Memorial Day American Flag Retirement Ceremony

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

Have you often wondered the proper way to retire old American flags that are worn and old? The Woodburn Police Department has the answer for you.

In a flag burning ceremony, the community brought flags they wished to retire in a respectful manner.

"All the American soldiers, American GIA's have fought for this flag and we need to retire them with respect and the respect we show our soldiers," said Woodburn Police Chief Audrey Spies

Spies also said her idea to have the ceremony comes from when she lived in Texas where flag retirement ceremonies are very common.

"So many people don't know what to do with the American flag when they become worn and torn, so I at least wanted to get it out to the public that their are ways to properly retire the American flag," Spies said.

Veteran Edwin Snowden said he came to pay his respects because it is a way to show his support for those currently serving.

"I'm too old to be over there right now, but I wish I could help our fellows out over there," Snowden said.

Spies said she was shocked to hear of how people were disposing of old worn flags.

"Since I came here I have actually seen people throw their flags in the trash can," Spies said.

Snowden said he could not find a more respectful way to spend his Memorial Day in honor of this beautiful country.

"Were all here trying to help our country as much as we can," Snowden said.

Spies said she hopes to make the flag retirement an annual event every Memorial Day.

If you were not able to attend the ceremony you can drop of flags off at the Crossroads Market in Woodburn or at Joe Wheats Automotive Repair on main street in Woodbourn to ensure they will be properly retired.

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