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Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

As an annual ritual every flag day flag day, American Legion posts across the country dispose of the American flag in the correct, and honorable fashion.

Nearly a hundred flags that had been given to the American Legion Post in Maine were burned today in the ceremony. Any flag that is weathered, torn, destroyed, or over-aged was disposed of. American Legion members say it's important to take down flags that are not in good condition, out of respect for the country.

"The correct way to handle it is a deserving right. We, the Americans, deserve that flag flying over our heads. For all the anguish, and conflicts, and everything that we have fought for to remain and stay free," said Mike VanOrder, 3rd Vice Chairman, Post 1390.
 
The event has been an American Legion tradition since 1919. Members say next year they hope to bring in local Boy Scouts to help with the honors.

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