February 26 • 12:42 PM

Imlay vets retire Stars and Stripes

Flag Day ceremony held at new VFW Post location in Imlay City

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American Legion member George Reinbold throws another flag on the fire during Flag Day ceremony at the new Imlay City VFW post.
June 20, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Flag Day is traditionally a time to honor the hallowed cloth that represents the American way of life.

It's a time for all Americans to give thought to the sacrifices made on behalf of the flag, and to offer reverence for the ideals for which it stands.

On Thursday, in conjunction with Flag Day, veterans from VFW Post 2492 hosted other local veterans and community members during a solemn flag retirement ceremony.

A few hundred worn and tattered flags collected by veterans were ceremoniously burned in the field behind the new Post home, located off north M-21 at Almont Avenue.

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The ceremony was conducted by Ted Collom, commander of American Legion Post 135, while Legion Chaplain John Mulder offered a prayer.

Each of the assembled veterans strode several times to the burn barrel, placing a handful of flags on the fire.

The flag retirement ceremony was one of the first public events to be held at the newly renovated VFW post.

Post Commander Butch Earehart officially welcomed the audience, which was also comprised of members from Capac American Legion Post 142 and VFW Auxiliary members.

Earehart acknowledged Ray Tosch of Capac for donating the burn barrel for the event.

He added that a drop box is now located on the south side of the VFW hall for residents to leave used flags for future disposal.

Staff Writer
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