RANDOLPH, NJ- On Thursday, June 11, the Randolph VFW held their annual Flag Retirement ceremony in the parking lot of the Post 7333 building on Carrol Road. Randolph Mayor Christine Carey along with Town Council Members Mark Forstenhausler and Lou Nisivoccia, joined a dozen VFW members for the ceremony.
“Each year during the week of our nation’s Flag Day our VFW post conducts a flag retirement ceremony which appropriately and respectfully honors and retires warn and tattered flags that have flown over local residences and establishments,
Said Post Commander Scott Montanio. “The Randolph Memorial VFW post is honored to be the final destination for these flags that have flown with honor and pride over our community.”
Used and worn flags that have reached the end of their useful life should be brought to a location that collects flags for retirement, such as the Randolph Memorial VFW Post 7333 building. They have a flag collection bin outside which is regularly checked and emptied.
“When a flag has been honorably flown and has reached a point where it should be retired due to being faded, torn, or tattered, the flag should be respectfully removed from its flag pole,” said Montanio. “A flag should never touch the ground and should be folded until it can be destroyed in a ceremonial manner.”
This year the ceremony retired approximately 2500 flags which had been collected throughout the year.