American Legion post gets threats because it disposed of flags

Friday, June 22, 2012 11:49 AM
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Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff Worn out flags are burnt Monday evening during a ceremony at American Legion Post 205 in Augusta.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff Worn out flags are burnt Monday evening during a ceremony at American Legion Post 205 in Augusta.


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.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/22/12 - 12:43 pm
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Nut Case!!

I am sure that the Legion folks know the proper procedures for flag disposal and that the flags they destroyed were handled with dignity!!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/22/12 - 04:53 pm
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I can sympathize...

as the proper method of disposing of an American flag seems to have been forgotten over the years, even in our military. Dousing it with flammable liquid and throwing it in a dirty barrel to my mind -- and those who hold it in reverence -- is not showing respect.

The proper method is to take a pair of scissors and cut the Union (the field of stars) from the Fly (the stripes); the two pieces are no longer an American flag and may then be burned or buried separately without dishonouring it.

I know, because I was privileged to perform this ceremony in Korea in the 1960's as a member of the Honor Guard; it was, like a funeral detail, a Full dress uniform occasion complete with white gloves and sabers.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 06/22/12 - 06:30 pm
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http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 06:24 am
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Yep, that was from the US

Yep, that was from the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 8(k). It states:

"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

It appears the American Legion is doing the right thing in a dignified manner.

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