National Flag Day, American Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 14, 2012

On June 14, National Flag Day, the Fort Loudoun Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct an American Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Shawnee Fire and Rescue, Engine Company 4, at 7p.m.

Joining with the DAR and firefighters in the ceremony will be Troop 159, Boy Scouts of America, Shenandoah Area Council; Troop 40687, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital; Rolling Thunder Virginia Chapter 1; Col. James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

Flags can be dropped off at the fire station anytime between now and June 14.  The station is located at 2210 Valor Drive, Winchester, VA (from Valley Avenue turn onto Weems Lane, then right onto Valor Drive).

The DAR Regent and the membership hope that many will join in this patriotic ceremony.  Last year, over 100 attendees came to participate in National Flag Day.  Veterans are asked to attend and DAR representatives will be contacting the local chapters of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  We hope the local chapters will become partners in this annual event.

Please consider attending and bringing your tattered or torn flags.   It is important that the American flag is always respected and then retired in the proper manner.  Flags will be burned with the assistance of the Shawnee Fire and Rescue Company members.  Join your neighbors in this important celebration of National Flag Day.  You are encouraged to bring their family members to the ceremony to recognize how American flags are retired after they have flown proudly at resident’s homes.

At the ceremony, our national anthem will be sung and others will speak about respecting our American flag.