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Dignified retirement: Legion performs solemn duty

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Although it accepted 23 flags to be retired as part of a Flag Day event, American Legion Post 132 accepts flags for retirement at anytime of the year in this special box at the rear entrance of its post at 13 S. Minnesota Street.

NEW ULM– American Legion Post 132 has recently accepted 23 United States flags for honorable retirement.

The flags were given to the Legion by Ameriprise Financial of New Ulm. Jennifer Konakowitz from Ameriprise said on Flag Day, June 14, the business asked people in the region to bring in worn, torn or frayed U.S. flags to ensure they received honorable retirement. In exchange for bringing in the worn flags, Ameriprise replaced them with new U.S. flags.

Legion member Tom Roesch said the Legion has retired the flag through burning. It is also permitted to bury the flags.

Ameriprise conducted similar flag collections in St. James. This was the first year it was conducted in New Ulm.

The United State Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt From left, John Fritsche, Roger Hoffman, Dave Hoffmann, Tom Roesch, Jerry Sandau, Ron Wendinger, Jerry Thompson, Melissa Lueth, Olivia Fredin and Jennifer Konakowitz stand before a collection of U.S. flags that will be honorably retired through burning or by burial.

No official flag retirement ceremony is required, but disposal is recommended to be private, dignified and solemn.

The American Legion takes in worn U.S. flags all times of the year for retirement. Flags may be placed in special box located by the back entrance labeled for honored retired flags.

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