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US flag retirement held at Ingram Funeral Home
US flag retirement
Gary Page, left, and Ed Hooper, both with the Sons of the American Revolution Robert Forsyth chapter, stand in front of a casket containing more than 500 used flags. - photo by Jim Dean

On Saturday, June 16, a US flag retirement ceremony was conducted at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming.

Flags collected primarily from the Home Depot on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming have been collected over that past year. Four years ago, the flag retirement receptacle was installed as a joint project between Home Depot, Sons of the American Revolution (Robert Forsyth Chapter), Daughters of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America.

US flag retirement
The honor guard prepares to present the colors as John Flikeid, president of the Robert Forsyth chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, opens the flag retirement ceremony. - photo by Jim Dean
This year, more than 700 flags were collected, and will be properly and respectfully retired.

The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Flag retirement is the term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags that are no longer fit to serve the nation.

“Today we are gathered here to perform an important, solemn duty,” said John Flikeid, president of the Robert Forsyth Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, during the ceremony. “A duty that pays proper respect to a symbol of our great nation, the flag of the United States of America.”

The ceremony was attended by representatives from Ingram Funeral Home, who hosts the event, Home Depot, Piedmont Chapter, Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution, veterans and members of the public.