Woodmen retire 33 flags in ceremony
by Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — Woodmen of the World of Newberry retired 33 worn American flags during a ceremony intended to honor the tragedy of 9-11.
Dale Eargle, state jurisdiction president and member of the Newberry organization, said Monday’s event was started a few years ago.
The group gives American flags and flag poles to businesses and other locations around the county and takes up the worn flags to retire, according to Eargle.
In addition to the Woodmen of the World members contributing to this patriotic ceremony, members of Boy Scout Troop 88 and Girl Scout Troop 3077 helped with the ceremony.
The group also retired their flag that flies in front of their building and raised a new one to fly at half staff all week in remembrance of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Marie Marlow in Troop 3077 explained the process for retiring the American flag and the process of cutting out the stars and stripes and what they symbolize.
A portion of what Marlow read included this passage: “My red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of the glorious nation. My white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons. My blue field is indicative of God’s heaven under which we fly. My stars, clustered together unify 50 states as one for God and country. Let us retire our flags as we read what each stripe signifies.”
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