American Legion Jack D. Levy Post 573 will host a Flag Day flag burning at 10 a.m. June 14. To earn a badge, Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts will burn the flag. According to a 1942 congressional resolution, burning flags is the most respectful and dignified way to dispose of those that can’t be used, said Tal “Cookie” Clayter, 2nd vice commander of the post.
“(The flag) is not laid on the ground,” Clayter said. “It is the proper retirement of the colors that cannot be flown anymore — that would be flags that are torn, tattered and worn. It can be done in a barrel or pit. (The flag) is unfurled in the proper way and laid in the fire, not thrown around. It is normally executed by two individuals holding the flag presenting it in the proper way.”
The ceremony is open to the public. Post 573 is at 225 Cox Drive, Harker Heights.