BY BARRY WARNER
Members of the Nyack American Legion Post 310, Boy Scout Troop 2 and Army Reenactors held a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Camp Shanks, ‘Last Stop, USA,’ which served as a point of embarkation for troops departing overseas during World War II.
The United States Flag Code states when the Flag reaches a condition that, “is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Residents donated dozens of tattered and torn flags collected during the past year to State Senator David Carlucci’s office and The Nyack American Legion Post.
“Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the Continental Congress adopted our national flag,” State Senator Carlucci said. “Honoring the nation’s flag is one of the most sacred duties as Americans. Today’s ceremony allowed us to respectfully retire one of our nation’s proud symbols. Flag Day occurred during this past week and I am proud to work with The American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 2 to carry out this patriotic act.”
The ceremony consisted of playing the National Anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, passing along the triangular folded flags, gently placing the flags in the fire, playing ‘taps’ and burying the ashes.
“This is the first time we have partnered with Boy Scout Troop 2 for this ceremony,” Anthony DelRegno, Vice Commander of The Nyack American Legion Post said. “A drop box is available in front of the Post on Piermont Avenue for Rockland County residents who want to retire their worn flags in the future.”