Dignified retirement: Legion performs solemn duty
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.”
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.