Several Naples groups invite the public to celebrate Flag Day Friday evening, June 14, at the Collier County Freedom Memorial at the northeast corner of Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette-Frank Road.
The Collier County Veterans Council, City of Naples Airport Authority, Alligator District, Boy Scouts of America, Museum of Military Memorabilia and Collier County Freedom Memorial Task Force have organized activities at Freedom Park.
Beginning at 5 p.m., Boy Scouts will demonstrate the correct way to fold the American flag and accept worn flags from the public. Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. Veterans Council President James Elson will present welcoming remarks, and Chas Tatigian will be recognized for his Eagle Scout project, a meditation area with three benches adjacent to the Freedom Memorial. The event will conclude with the dignified burning of worn American flags, performed according to the U.S. Flag Code with an airport incinerator.
“We encourage the public to bring any American flags they wish to retire,” said Art Garrison of the Freedom Memorial Task Force. “If someone would like to participate in the ceremony, we welcome him or her to personally present the flag to be retired. We hope people will find the ceremony meaningful, and that this becomes an annual event.”
The Museum of Military Memorabilia, located at Naples Municipal Airport, has been collecting flags that are too worn to be displayed. With the help of the Airport Authority, the museum has retired nearly 3,000 during the past year.“Most people know it is improper to display a flag that is worn out or tattered, but few are comfortable destroying an unserviceable flag,” said Robert D. McDonald, who has served as museum president since 2008. “We are happy to take part in the Flag Day ceremony and to provide collection services throughout the year.”
“Boy Scouts have been helped with the preparation of the flags and with the retirement ceremonies,” said Garrison. “It is a wonderful community service project as well as a learning process for the scouts.”
The U.S. Flag Code specifies when a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. Flag Day was established to commemorate the birthday of the American Flag.
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