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  • My view: Flag Day can help us learn

  • Lake-area residents have the opportunity to witness one of the more unique and telling events this Saturday when the American Legion Post 229 holds its annual Flag Retirement ceremony.
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  • Lake-area residents have the opportunity to witness one of the more unique and telling events this Saturday when the American Legion Post 229 holds its annual Flag Retirement ceremony.
    Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th and Veterans Day are moments in time when we all should take time to appreciate our nation, those who have served and died for our freedom and those who have worked so hard to preserve our democracy.
    Yes, it all sounds a bit cliché. Regardless, we should never forget. And we should always honor.
    The Flag Retirement ceremony is a mix of who we are and where we’ve come from. The Legion Post, the Boy Scouts, the fire and police departments, the Marine Corps League and other volunteers have done an excellent job organizing the program. It’s a welcome moment of patriotism.
    The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Ozark Christian Church on Bagnell Dam Blvd.
    Even if you don’t have a flag to retire, take time to attend the 45-minute program. It’s about officially retiring the American flag and other flags; it’s a lesson in history and in flag etiquette. There are few organizations that involve our young people in learning about our nation and our flag. Kudos to Scout Troop 21 and its leaders.
    Eagle Scout Alex Mitchell will tell the history of Flag Day; the Marine Corps League will explain the proper way to fold the flag and why there are 13 folds (no, it’s not because there were 13 original states in the Union); Legion Post Chaplain Byron Grimes will recite the Story of 2 Flags; there will be an official inspection of flags to be retired; members of area police and fire departments will present flags for retirement; flags will be burned as part of the retirement; and the meaning of Taps will be explained.
    There will be appropriate music interspersed throughout.
    So, grab an early lunch and head on down to The Strip where there will be something far more important going on than having a party.
    I’ve lamented previously that I fear these types of events and the organizations that host them are on the wane. We collectively can help carry on the torch.

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