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Ceremony to retire flags Monday
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: American flag retirement ceremony

* When: 7 p.m. Monday

* Where: North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy.

* Cost: Free

* The American Legion flag drop box is at Forsyth County Fire Station 1, 234 Castleberry Industrial Drive.

American flags as well as veterans will be honored this Memorial Day.

Members of American Legion Post 307 and Boy Scout Troop 245 will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday at North Lanier Baptist Church.

“The American Legion has a flag retirement ceremony and it’s to be done with dignity,” said John Arant, commander of the organization’s 9th District. “We’re trying to educate people that you don’t just burn a flag, you retire a flag and it should be retired at an appropriate ceremony.”

The public is encouraged to attend and bring their old American flags.

“They’re invited to come and bring their children and observe what this is,” Arant said.

He noted some chairs will be set up, but attendees may want to bring lawn chairs for the ceremony, which will last at least an hour.

Arant said recent Eagle Scout Josh Torre will lead the Boy Scouts’ portion of the ceremony and Congressman Rob Woodall will speak.

Anyone unable to attend can drop off old flags ready for retirement any time at Forsyth County Fire Station 1 off Castleberry Road near downtown Cumming.

“A flag is ready to retire when it’s ragged, dirty and looks unsightly,” Arant said.

The drop box is always available. Arant said the American Legion stores and then gives them to Boy Scout Troops for retirement ceremonies throughout the year.

“We’ll retire a few during the ceremony Monday and the rest afterwards,” Arant said. “We get tons of flags and we’re glad to see that.”