RANDOLPH, NJ- On Flag Day, June 14, Randolph’s VFW Post 7333 held their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.   After a brief service, over 2,000 flags were burned in barrels as per proper “flag etiquette” protocol.

“Flag retirement is an honor and a privilege that we have to responsibly retire, with dignity, all worn, faded and tattered American Flags, which are collected primarily in Randolph,” said Past Post Commander Jack Sassaman.

Each May, prior to Memorial Day, veterans of the Randolph Memorial Post #7333, Veterans of Foreign Wars pay tribute to the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms all Americans  enjoy.  They remove the old worn out American Flags from their final resting place ( The nine cemeteries in Randolph ) and replace them with new ones.

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The Post collects almost 2,000 Flags each year of various sizes of which less than half comes from our cemeteries.  The rest of the flags come mostly from Randolph residents and Township entities.

“The Post has a well-marked Flag collection box by the side entrance of the VFW building, located at 103 Carrell Road,” said Sassaman.  “The box is emptied on a regular basis and the flags are stored until the next Flag retirement ceremony which is held on or near Flag Day (June 14).

Residents who wish to dispose of an old flag are encouraged to drop them off at the VFW, so they can be retired properly.

Veterans Dan Gaestel, Bob Brembs, Angel Soto, John Traflet, Rich Reck, Jack Sassaman and Albert Van Haarlem performed the ceremony.