Flag retirement ceremony planned

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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AUGUSTA — A flag retirement ceremony will be held on July 6 at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will be conducted as a part of the Augusta Fourth of July Celebration that is hosted by the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department each year in conjunction with the Mains-Quinlin Veterans of Foreign Wars post, according to AVFD Chief Tony Mefford.

“(The department) will be collecting worn, torn, faded or badly soiled flags until Friday night,” Mefford said. “We have a drop-off box at Riverside Tractor, or you can contact any member of the fire department for more information.”

According to Mefford, the idea for the flag retirement ceremony came after a fire at a house in January. The house was destroyed, but the American flag was still hanging.

“It made me think about how we all need to properly dispose of our old flags,” he said. “I’ve never held a flag retirement ceremony before, we thought it would be a good time to do it when we’re celebrating our country and our veterans.”

Special music will be provided by Eddie Groves.

During the celebration, there will also be a Bingo game at 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, fire engine rides will begin at 4 p.m. with each child receiving a ticket to win a bicycle that was donated by Bradfords Home Mart, Bingo and at 10 p.m., there will be a fireworks display.

Mefford said the department moved the fire truck rides to 4 p.m. due to the amount of children attending.

“We have a lot of kids who come,” he said. “It takes awhile to get them on the truck and complete the rides, so we thought it was best to start at 4 p.m.”

Concessions will also be available during the event.

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Christy Howell-Hoots

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