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Retiring and Respecting the American Flag

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Seth Hornsby stands with members of VFW Post 9678 (MP Photo/Monique Hornsby)

Middlefield VFW Post 9678 and Seth Hornsby of Newbury Troop 99 held an unveiling ceremony to show his Eagle project gift to the Post, a Retired American Flag drop off box. 

When Seth was looking for a facility to install the drop box, he talked to the veterans and discovered they were in need of such a project. “When someone in the community brought old, tattered flags in for retirement, they stayed on the floor in the hall until they could be disposed of honorably,” Hornsby said. “I felt it would be very meaningful to bring the veterans and Scouts together to have a dedicated place to keep retirement-ready American flags.”

The process and tradition of properly retiring an American flag requires finding a disposal location where they can be properly retired with the respect and gravity they are entitled. “The retirement of an American flag is a time-honored tradition and one that carries a great significance with the VFW and Boy Scouts of America,” Horbsby said. “As a revered symbol of the United States of America, the flag demands the highest level of respect; and as such should be disposed of in a respectable manner. This is why I decided to have this drop box as my project. By teaming up with the VFW, I know respect will be of the upmost priority.” 

Drop off your retirement-ready flags at VFW Post 9678, 16013 E. High St in Middlefield. 

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