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June 19, 2007 > Elks Lodge and Boy Scouts honor, retire 'Old Glory'

Elks Lodge and Boy Scouts honor, retire 'Old Glory'

The U.S. Flag Code states, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning".

For over 40 years, Fremont Elks have honored and helped "retire" worn and tattered stars and stripes on Flag Day. This year, ceremonies spanned two days - June 14 (Flag Day) ceremonies at a local Veteran's Administration Hospital and June 15, at the Elks Lodge in Fremont. Both ceremonies included the services of local Boy Scout Troops 143 under Scoutmaster Steve Kay and Troop 449 under Scoutmaster Larry Seymour to honor the flag.

Prior to flag retirement at the Elk's Lodge 2121, Exalted Ruler John Getreu, assisted by Leading Knight Angelique Horton led other members remembering the history and meaning of the flag. As the ceremony came to conclusion, three flags were retired by burning before a thoughtful and somber group of members and visitors from the Veteran's Hospital in Livermore.

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