Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 746 disposed of approximately 1,000 tattered and worn American flags Oct. 27 with the help of Boy Scout Troop 121 of West Jefferson (Ohio) and a member of Grove City (Ohio) Girl Scout Troop 5925. The ceremony was held at Amvets Post 19 at in London.
Throughout the year, chapter members collect worn and torn flags from members of the community, schools, the Madison County courthouse, veterans monuments and grave markers. Once a year, they burn the flags according to protocols outlined in the American Legion’s “Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags.”
“It took about 60 minutes to burn them all,” Dave Cunningham, VVA Chapter 746 commander, told the Madison Messenger. “It matters to me that the flags are disposed of properly. We like to get the Scouts involved. They get credit for the ceremony, because they actually put the majority of the flags in the fire.”
The chapter also donates new flags to schools and other organizations.