Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 17, 2014

Crab-Orchard DAR holds flag retirement ceremony

CROSSVILLE — Despite the nasty weather last Friday, the ladies of the Crab-Orchard Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution soldiered through to honor the Flag Day tradition of retiring unserviceable United States flags. The annual ceremony was held indoors at First National Bank of Tennessee on Peavine Rd. More than 60 patriots braved the thunderstorms to attend the event and pay their respects to our national symbol, which serves as a reminder of the long struggle of a people who fought to become free from tyranny.

Local Cub Scout Pack 101, led by Jason Young, began the ceremony by posting the colors and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Ruby Pruett provided the invocation and Terry Utsey led the audience in a beautifully executed rendition of the National Anthem.

As members of the DAR read aloud several patriotic writings, others began the deconstruction of a flag to be symbolically committed to flames in accordance with U.S. Flag Code. The U.S. Flag Code is a set of guidelines that regulates the display and handling of the flag to ensure it is regarded with the utmost respect. American flags should be disposed of when they become torn, tattered or faded; however, they are not to be thrown away. They should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. For the many who have never witnessed a flag retirement ceremony, first, the field of stars is cut from the flag and held up behind the fire as each stripe is removed. Each stripe represents a state from the original 13; the name of a state is read aloud and their stripe is committed to the flames. This continues until all 13 stripes have been consumed in the fire. Finally, the field of stars is burned. During Friday's indoor ceremony, strips of the cut up flag were laid into a basket to be properly retired as the weather permitted. 

After the ceremony, First National Bank of Tennessee provided refreshments, including coffee and a delicious American flag cake from Food City.

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