Representatives from the American Legions Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a Flag Day ceremony Saturday.
After the brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. State government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement.
Art Bell, commander of the post, said the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell said he guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnt have even known it was Flag Day.
Its not being taught, Bell said. People are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.
Anchorage Daily News