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Retiring worn stars and stripes on flag day

Jim Grant, past commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, places a flag in the fire. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Logan McClain, 7, carries a new flag to the pole in front of the American Legion's Jack Henry Post. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Art Bell, commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, talks about the retirement of the flags with Luke McClain, 11, and Logan McClain, 7, as Jim Grant prepares adds flags to the fire. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Service High School Junior ROTC member Victoria Black salutes as an American flag is removed from a pole in front of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Art Bell holds a new American flag as it is attached to a flag pole in front of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Jim Grant, a past commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, places a flag in the fire Saturday. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Logan McClain, 7, carries a new flag to the pole in front of the American Legion's Jack Henry Post. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Jim Grant, past commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, places a flag in the fire. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Logan McClain, 7, carries a new flag to the pole in front of the American Legion's Jack Henry Post. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Art Bell, commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, talks about the retirement of the flags with Luke McClain, 11, and Logan McClain, 7, as Jim Grant prepares adds flags to the fire. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Service High School Junior ROTC member Victoria Black salutes as an American flag is removed from a pole in front of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Art Bell holds a new American flag as it is attached to a flag pole in front of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Jim Grant, a past commander of the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, places a flag in the fire Saturday. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester
Logan McClain, 7, carries a new flag to the pole in front of the American Legion's Jack Henry Post. Representatives from the American LegionÕs Jack Henry Post 1 retired the American flag that flew in front of their building, as well as hundreds of others flags, in a ceremony on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2013. After a brief ceremony, flags that were determined to be worn or tattered were doused in diesel fuel and burned. Various state government representatives, business and citizens turned over their flags for proper retirement. Art Bell, commander of the post, says the ceremony is an opportunity to discuss the symbolism of the American flag, which he feels happens too rarely. Bell guesses that if you polled people on the street, 80 percent wouldnÕt have even known it was Flag Day. ÒItÕs not being taught,Ó Bell said. ÒPeople are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.Ó
Marc Lester

Representatives from the American Legion’s 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 wouldn’t have even known it was Flag Day.

“It’s not being taught,” Bell said. “People are losing sight of the important things that made this country what it is today.”



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