RANDOLPH, NJ- Every June 14, the Randolph VFW honors Flag Day by holding a ceremony to “retire” old flags in their proper and respectful manner.
“We’ve been doing this for 13 years now, there was a group before us who did it for some time but then stopped, and we started it up again,” said Past Post Commander Jack Sassaman. “We do this out of respect for the flag, it’s important to retire a flag properly, and it’s a privilege for us to do this.”
The VFW collects flags during the year that are worn or tattered, or have outlived their useful life, and save them for the annual burning ceremony. This year, over 1,500 flags were retired by the Post.
“It’s really fantastic to see the honor and respect that our Randolph VFW members have for the flag,” said Mayor Mark Forstenhausler, who was joined at the ceremony by Town Manager Stephen Mountain and Council Member Lance Tkacs. “I think it’s great that the public has turned in so many used and worn flags so that they can be disposed of in the proper honorable way. Today was a great experience for me personally to be here and witness this ceremony.”
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress, and in simple terms is the “Birthday” of the American Flag.
The VFW has a Flag collection bin at their building on Carroll road, and respectfully requests that anyone who has an old flag please drop if off to them rather than throw it in the garbage.