Flag Retirement Ceremony

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By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps, Photos by Su Phelps

On May 12th the Valley of Fire Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held the Annual Retirement of the Flags Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Cemetary in Boulder City. The morning was filled with the attendees showing their respects to the flags that were being retired, because they were tattered and torn. Representatives from the cities and congress were there to witness this historical occasion. The Cub Scouts from Pack 30 demonstrated the proper way to fold the flag.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class, Fred Wager was the guest speaker for the morning and he told of flags symbolism, he said that the flag is a symbol of lives lost, and freedom gained. He congratulated the Daughters of the American Revolution for their show of Patriotism and how their patriotism has lasted since October of 1890 year-round. He spoke of his first time he attended the flag retirement and how the flags were retired in a dignified manner which made him cry. He asked for all to remember what the flag means and the people who gave their lives to protect it.

The Flags were then put to rest as they were cremated in a precession of attendees while the on-lookers watched in solitude with the bagpipes playing in the back ground.