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      Burning the American Flag the right way

      The Lt. Kenneth Lee Coontz, VFW Post #2446 in Hannibal will be performing a flag retirement ceremony on Sept. 29 for flags that are worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair.

      The U.S. Flag Code states, â??The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.â??

      It is said that the burning of the flag signifies purification and rebirth. Flags will be accepted for retirement and proper disposal through Friday, Sept. 28.

      The group will also be joining the Texas Stars Project along with other VFW Posts, American Legions, Elks Lodges, Rainbow Girls, and Boy Scouts around the United States to give the retired flags one more patriotic use.

      The U.S. Flag Code allows the blue field and stars to be cut away and then dispose of the stripes per ritual/ceremony without desecrating the flag. Each star is then cut out and placed in a small bag with the following explanation: â??I am a part of our American Flag. I have flown over a home in the USA. I can no longer fly. The Sun and Winds have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.â?? These tokens are handed out to our service men and women during deployments, re-deployments, or at VA Hospitals. For more information on the Texas Star Project, visit www.texasstarsproject.com .

      Flags may be brought to 209 Bird Street or call 573-248-0553 for more information.