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American Legion Post 178 invites public to annual flag retirement ceremony Sept. 7

Members of American Legion Post 178 performed their annual flag retirement ceremony at the Jennings Park Pavilion in Marysville last year. This year
Members of American Legion Post 178 performed their annual flag retirement ceremony at the Jennings Park Pavilion in Marysville last year. This year's flag retirement ceremony will be hosted behind Carr's Hardware.
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MARYSVILLE — American Legion Post 178 will partner with Carr's Hardware on Third Street to host the Post's annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the empty lot adjacent to 1521 Second Ave. in Marysville, just south of Carr's Hardware.

"Post 178's Executive Committee will perform the ceremony, with help from fellow Legionnaires and interested members of the public," American Legion Post 178 2nd Vice Cmdr. Jennifer Smolen said. "Darlene Scott, owner of Carr's Hardware, is donating the use of the empty space on the south side of the store for the ceremony, and for public parking during the event."

Post 178 has long since made a yearly tradition out of collecting old, worn, tattered U.S. flags, and then disposing of them in a ceremony intended to bestow dignity and respect upon the faded carriers of the nation's colors.

"It's the opposite of a protest-style flag-burning," Smolen said. "This flag retirement ceremony is instead preceded by traditional American Legion remarks, explaining the importance behind our national symbol, and offering Legion members and visitors alike the opportunity to gently place a U.S. flag that has outlived its service life into the honorary flag retirement fire bin."

No-longer-serviceable flags are collected throughout the year by members of the community, who deposit them in the American Legion Post 178 Hall red flag collection box, located at 119 Cedar Ave. The Marysville Legion is also supplied by the Marysville Fire District's ongoing collections of unserviceable flags at its fire stations.

"Legion Post 178 is proud to provide this retirement service, and thanks Carr's Hardware for their partnership," Smolen said. "Safety measures will be observed in accordance with Marysville Fire District regulations throughout the ceremony, and Post 178 appreciates the Fire District's annual support in this important public service."

Smolen noted that September is an especially meaningful month during which to honor the flag, thanks to three major remembrance days — Patriot's Day on Wednesday, Sept. 11, commemorating the 9/11 tragedy, American Legion Day on Monday, Sept 16, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Day on Friday, Sept 20.

"Members of the general public, veterans, neighboring businesses, families and anyone else is welcome to attend and share their respects for the American flags being retired on Sept. 7 this year," Smolen said.

For more information, log onto http://americanlegion178wa.cfsites.org or www.facebook.com/pages/American-Legion-Post-178-Marysville-WA/312243818785789.

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