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Anchorage American Legion Post retires dozens of U.S. flags

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: June 16
  • Published June 16

Tim Campbell takes down the U.S. flag from the pole in front of American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, on Fireweed Lane. (Marc Lester / ADN)

American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, on Fireweed Lane, hosted a U.S. flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, 2019. Members retired dozens of flags that were in poor condition by burning them, the preferred method as instructed by the U.S Flag Code. Michael Downs, commander of Post 1, said American Legion Posts nationwide hosted similar ceremonies Friday, and it’s a longstanding tradition for his Anchorage membership.

“That flag is why why we joined the military,” Downs said.

Members of the public drop off flags to be retired throughout the year. The Jack Henry Post, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, also retired and replaced the U.S flag from its own pole.

Justin Neal, second from left, holds a U.S. flag for inspection during a flag retirement ceremony. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Tim Campbell, left, puts a flag on the fire during a flag retirement ceremony. (Marc Lester / ADN)
A flag is retired at the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, on Fireweed Lane. (Marc Lester / ADN)

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