Cadets from the U.S. Army JROTC Thunderbird Battalion at East Anchorage High School held their annual flag retirement ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
“We believe the flags deserve the utmost respect. It’s the symbol of our country,” said Cadet Staff Sgt. Sharon Johnston. “My first time, it was very surreal when I watched the flags being put it the barrel and saluting. It was all kind of emotional in a way. I felt proud and honored to be part of it.”
About 30 U.S. flags and eight Alaska flags, no longer fit to be displayed, were properly disposed of by burning.