Annual flag retirement ceremony on Friday

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

Every year on or about Flag Day, Veterans of VFW Post 3276 and Legion Post 161 hold a flag retirement ceremony in Southborough’s Rural Cemetery. During the ceremony, worn flags collected from residents, as well as ones from the cemetery that were replaced this past Memorial Day, will be retired by ritual burning.

The Flag Retirement Ceremony this year will be held on Friday, June 14, at 6:00 pm at the Rural Cemetery.

American Legion Commander Steve Whynot said they have collected nearly 1,500 flags over the past year from various cemeteries, as well as from a collection box at the Transfer Station. If you have a flag to retire, you’re welcome to bring it to the cemetery on Friday evening.

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