2017-06-22 / Life in Leelanau

Scouts join honor guard to retire U.S. flags


SCOUT COREY FEHRENBACH presents a folded flag for proper retirement during the Flag Day ceremony June 14. SCOUT COREY FEHRENBACH presents a folded flag for proper retirement during the Flag Day ceremony June 14. More than 1,300 American flags were retired last week at a Flag Day ceremony held at the VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau.

The VFW Honor Guard presented a “3-shot volley” as a sign of respect for flags that were being consigned to flames, as is prescribed in protocol.

“A 3-shot volley is an old battlefield custom, that the dead were being properly cared for,” said Doug Davenport, a member of the VFW. “It is a sign that these flags are being retired from service.”

Members of Boy Scout Troop 131 of Suttons Bay, VFW and the Daughters of the American Revolution joined in the ceremony.

Scout Jack Joyce led those attending the Flag Day ceremony last Wednesday, June 14, in the Pledge of Allegiance as the VFW color guard presented flags.

Kathy Scanlon of the Job Winslow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution reminded those present that the only appropriate and respectful way to retire a tattered flag is by burning it.


THE COLOR GUARD from Veterans of Foreign War Post 7731 of Lake Leelanau were part of a Flag Day ceremony last week. THE COLOR GUARD from Veterans of Foreign War Post 7731 of Lake Leelanau were part of a Flag Day ceremony last week. The Boy Scout Color Guard presented a worn and torn flag to Commander Greg Mikowski of the Little Finger Post, and then proceeded to fold the flag in the traditional manner. Scout Micah Thoreson read the meaning of each of the 13 folds culminating in the triangular, stars up design used to memorialize the tri-corner hats worn by Revolutionary War soldiers.

The Rev. Robin Carden of the Suttons Bay Congregational Church shared some thoughts on patriotism, saying that it is Americans who “show up” that make a difference.

The Northport Community Band played several patriotic songs, including the Star Spangled Banner.

“We appreciated all who attended the ceremony,” VFW member Alan Aldridge said. “We collect flags during the year for the respectful retirement on this day.”

Flag collection boxes are positioned at the VFW Post and at Hansen Foods in Suttons Bay.

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