Flag Day ensures that America’s most important symbol — Old Glory — is treated with dignity in life and death, said Marvin Brophy, commander of American Legion Post 223 in Killeen.

The local American Legion will hold its annual flag burning ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday at the J.Q. Adams American Legion Hall at 208 S. Park St., in Killeen.

Brophy said the ceremonial burning of flags is the only way to dispose of the flags with the respect they deserve.

“That flag is our country,” Brophy said. “That’s what all of our forefathers and departed comrades fought for when they fought to protect this country.”

The American Legion Post, which is comprised of former service members living in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, collects flags that have grown ragged, torn or accidently touched the ground.

“A lot of people just throw them in the Dumpster, but this is the respectful way to dispose of our colors,” Brophy said.

The ceremony will include members of Boy Scout Troop 223 and the local Knights of Columbus chapter, who will burn the flags in a barrel. The public is invited to attend.

Last year, the American Legion burned 25 to 30 flags, Brophy said.

Other ceremonies

  • American Legion Jack D. Levy Post 573, 225 Cox Drive in Harker Heights, will host a Flag Day flag burning at 10 a.m. Friday. The ceremony is open to the public.
  • Fort Hood’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy also will host a Flag Day presentation at 2 p.m. Friday at the academy in the H Wing of the Soldier Development Center, Building 3009, at 33009 761st Tank Battalion Ave., Fort Hood.

The short ceremony will commemorate the “United States Pledge of Allegiance” and is open to the Fort Hood community.

Contact Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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