American Legion post gets threats because it disposed of flags

Police said threats were made against the American Legion after an article ran in The Augusta Chron­icle.

The article Tuesday focused on a flag retirement ceremony Monday at Ameri­can Legion Post 205 on High­land Avenue.

The American Legion said about 500 flags had been dropped off for a proper disposal. Flags were doused with charcoal lighter fluid and set on fire in a metal barrel.

The ceremony takes place several times a year.

On Tuesday, the American Legion began receiving calls from someone who was angry about the ceremony and threatened to “burn and blow up the American Legion,” according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Police said the same person called several times with the threats and was asked by employees to stop.

The American Legion reported the threats Thursday.

American Legion Post 205 retires U.S. flags

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