Staff photos by Lynne Hermansen

Lynne Hermansen
Local members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11234 and Daughters of the Revolutionary War Chapter Where the Trail Divides held a flag retirement ceremony at Veterans Park Saturday, June 25.

James Von Neesen, Tim Berger and Dean Durvow members of VFW Post 11234 ceremoniously fold a U.S. flag.

The small event began with the pledge of allegiance. As the flag was folded in ceremonial triangles VFW member Dean Durow read lines citing the meaning of every stripe beyond their representation for each original thirteenth colony. The flag was placed in a steel drum for lighting with fire for future burial.
Mike Hutton, VFW member, said once the flags are burned they are buried in a place not shared with the public.
Hutton said flags that qualify for retirement are tattered or lose their quality through age, weather such as storms and more.
Cotton flags are the best to be retired as nylon flags melt, he said.
The flags are cut into four pieces.
“We make sure they are completely burned,” he said.
They have a container that collects the ashes for burial.
This was the second year the DAR partnered with the VFW for the flag retirement ceremony.
Mary Foley and Viola Patterson, DAR members, said it had been their idea to join with the VFW and learn