Flag retirement ceremony March 2020

Pictured from left to right: Col Mark Colbert, VFW Commander Dale Barnes, Joshua Wright, Ethan Neal, Mario Sachez, Jocelyn Colon, Zachary Knapp, Rosemarie Santos, Javia Wade, Charlene Cuscuna, Alecsis Sanchez, Isabelle Violette, Sharon Deosaran, Kyana Esquiaqui, Chief Dennis Green and VFW Post 4300 Senior Vice Commander Robert Sisson.

SEBRING — Have you ever wondered what happens to worn and tattered U.S. flags?

A popular way to retire a worn-out American flag is by burning it. “A national flag that is worn beyond repair may be burned in a fire. The ceremony should be conducted with dignity and respect and the flag burned completely to ashes.”

VFW Post 4300 in Sebring provides a proper and respectful way to retire “Old Glory.” If you have ever driven by Post 4300, at 1041 Lakeview Drive, you may notice what appears to be a mailbox out front. It is adorned with red, white and blue. This is a “drop off” box for individuals and businesses in our community to dispose of their worn American flags. There is no cost involved.

VFW Post 4300 in cooperation with the JROTC of Sebring High School, performs a very moving ceremony when enough flags have been collected. The burn receptacle is on the VFW beach front on Lake Jackson. It provides a fitting and respectful sendoff for our flags, which have proudly flown the American colors, all over Highlands County.

The pictures show the recent flag retirement ceremony at Post 4300.

“We encourage all community residents and business to avail themselves of our service,” the Post said. “We also invite the community to come and take part in this moving event, when it happens again.”