American Flags retired and replaced

Altrusa of Montrose and the American Legion Post 73 conducted a joint project to collect tattered American Flags to be retired, and offering new flags in exchange. Booths were set up at Main in Motion and the Farmers Market just prior to Flag Day, June 14, 2009, so that the tattered flags could be retired at a ceremony on that special date.

Altrusa provided 16 new flags and the American Legion provided another 7 to be offered in exchange for old flags. All 23 new flags were distributed, and an estimated 78 tattered flags were dropped off at the two events, filling several boxes and large plastic bags. Many people brought multiple flags, and explained that they had been saving them for years, not knowing where they could take them to be properly retired.

Altrusa thanks the Legionnaires for taking the tattered flags for the retirement ceremony, where they retired about 230 flags all together, including flags from the VFW and other American Legion Posts. It must have been quite a bonfire!

Altrusa of Montrose and the American Legion Post 73 are already discussing offerinig this service again for Flag Day 2010.

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