Photos: Southborough residents celebrate Flag Day

Above: An American flag is placed on the fire at the annual flag retirement ceremony

A handful of veterans gathered yesterday to retire nearly 2,000 American flags in a ceremonial burning at the Rural Cemetery. It’s a Flag Day tradition in Southborough.

Before the ceremony, VFW Post 3276 Commander Steve Whynot said, “Our duty is to retire these flags with the respect they deserve. These flags have become faded and worn and have reached their present state of proper service of tribute, memory and love. Its intrinsic value may not be great, but its real value is beyond price.” (As quoted by the Metrowest Daily News, read the full article here.)

Here are some pictures from the ceremony (click to enlarge).

In other Flag Day celebrations, a group of students from Neary attended the annual Flag Day celebration at the State House yesterday along with other students from across the state. The Boston Globe has a video of some of the students talking about the meaning of the flag, including 11-year-old Southborough student Isabel Bascow who said, “It kind of symbolizes our country. If our flag is torn, our country is torn.’’ You can see the video here.

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