27th Annual Unserviceable Flag Ceremony


By: Janet Snyder and Megan Way | Photos by Janet Snyder
May 4, 2019 was the 27th Annual Unserviceable Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder. This event has been organized by Valley of Fire Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) since the first ceremony in 1992.
Shirley Dunphy, Valley of Fire NSDAR Regent welcomed everyone. Opening the ceremony, Shirley recognized servicemen and women of all wars and Blue Stars families in the audience. Ken Hill was the only WWII Veteran who was present. The Green Valley High School Madrigals sang the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America in between speakers.
Lt. General Emil R. Bedard, USMC (Ret) was then invited to speak and spoke about honoring the flag today and patriotism. Alexia, representing the John Ashley Society, Children of the American Revolution, read the poem, “Tattered Flag” by Summer Sandersox. Terry Care, representing Congresswoman Dina Titus was also invited to speak. Nevada Society Color Guard Commander Sons of the American Revolution Gary Parriott welcomed all veterans to the Ring of Honor as the Boy Scout Troop 7 performed the flag folding ceremony. Before moving outside, NSDAR also used this opportunity to award guest speakers and presenters tokens of appreciation and recognition at the ceremony.
Liberty High School Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) color guard then presented the colors with Dennis Hangey, a piper from Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), leading everyone outside. The burning of the flags was done reverently after a helicopter fly over.
About Daughters of the American Revolution: The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Most of DAR’s volunteer work is accomplished by the grassroots efforts of chapters on the local level which focus on the mission areas of DAR by encouraging members to become involved in these initiatives in their local communities.  Learn what DAR does to promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.