The purging of around 400 tattered and worn flags was witnessed by about 40 veterans and area residents as they gathered for the flag retirement ceremony that was held June 14 in front of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2399 in Mineral Wells.
Dressed in full regalia, the Knights of Columbus were the color guard, led by Victor Calderon; and post officers, including Post Commander James Bransom and Service Officer Lee B. Downs, gave speeches to honor the somber occasion.
The enkindling event was preceded by a traditional speech about the flag, otherwise known as “Old Glory,” the “Stars and Stripes” or the “Star Spangled Banner,” and how it represents the land, the people, the government and the ideas of the citizens of the United States of America.
From the VFW website, someone once wrote about the flag's significant symbolism of each color and its given history throughout time:
“I am the flag that stands for the greatest nation on earth,” the post reads. “I am no more than what you believe me to be, and I am all that you believe I can be. I am what you make me and nothing more. As long as men cherish liberty more than life itself, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America. Look at her with renewed allegiance, honor her, respect her and defend her. I am more than just a piece of cloth shaped into a colorful design; I am the silent sentinel of freedom for the greatest sovereign nation on earth.”