Retiring Old Glory

The ceremony began with a performance of The Star Spangled Banner sung by Mary Lopez and God Bless America sung by Mary Alice Hayes and Brenda Hayes Graham.

Those in attendance were then welcomed by Ambrose Lucero, Commander of Post No. 15. Winslow Mayor Jim Boles also addressed the crowd.

To begin the disposal part of ceremony, the color guard, which consisted of Thomas Lopez, Gary Carlson and David Montano, presented two flags to Iaasic Bonds and Hank Salazar for inspection.

After passing the two Lieutenant Commanders’ inspections, the flags where then presented to Lucero for final inspection. Once the flags were finalized for disposal, they were placed onto smoldering branches and burst into flames.

When the flags caught fire, the Hayes sisters began to sing God Bless American again, making the already dramatic moment even more so.

Joseph Ricks and Michael Decker of Boy Scout Troop No. 49, helped the color guard dispose of over 100 unserviceable American flags.

After all of the flags were placed onto the burning pile, those in attendance were welcomed into the post for a luncheon.

The American Legion Color Guard also participated in a ceremony at Wal-Mart on Monday to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

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