NEWS ARTICLE ARCHIVE
THE TOWN OF KILMARNOCK & FLOTILLA 33 TEAM-UP FOR A U.S. FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY ON 14JUN12 (FLAG DAY)
(L TO R): FRANS KASTEEL, REBECCA NUNN (CITY COUNCIL), WILLIAM SMITH (VICE MAYOR), & ED HIND ANNOUNCE THE U.S. FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY.
RETIRING THE FLAG – A COMMUNITY EVENT
What do you do with an old tattered national Flag? That was the question Kilmarnock, Virginia’s Assistant Town Manager Susan Cockrell recently asked the Flotilla Commander of Auxiliary Flotilla 33. “I knew there was a proper method of retiring an unserviceable flag, but we were not sure of the ceremony,” commented Cockrell. “So I contacted the Coast Guard Auxiliary who is very active and participates in a lot of community events.
A couple of Auxiliary members recognized that this could be a valuable service to not only retire the Town’s Flags, but also flags owned by the members of the Community. After doing research, it was found that Flag Day – June 14th – is the best day to respectfully retire our National Flag and the preferred method is burning.
Plans were made to conduct a ceremony on the Town Lot on the evening of Flag Day. Town Officials attended and welcomed the Auxiliary. The Fire Department participated by having a Fire Truck on scene to control the burning and the event was covered by the Newspaper.
Auxiliarist Frans Kasteel, who prepared and conducted the ceremony to retire the flag, presented one flag, representing the ones to be retired, to Vice Commander Ed Hind. Kasteel recommended that the flag be declared unserviceable and retired. After inspecting the flag, Vice Commander Hind approved the recommendation and gave the order to retire the flag. It was then brought to a burning barrel that was painted Red White and Blue by the Town, and retired.
Then came the surprise! “We knew we would have some other flags other then the Town’s” stated Vice Commander Hind. “We did have a notice in the paper and the radio station did a Public Service Announcement, but the response by the community was unexpected.”
The evening of Flag Day, it is estimated that over 500 unserviceable flags were retired. “It was an amazing response by a small community, said Cockrell. “We received so many valuable positive comments on providing this service that we immediately asked Flotilla 33 to do this again next year.”
(L TO R): ED HIND, FRANS KASTEEL, & TOWN MANAGER TOM SAUNDERS EXPLAIN THE FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY TO A YOUNG ATTENDEE.
AFTER READING THE CEREMONIAL SCRIPT OF THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE & LIGHTING THE FIRE, FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER FRANS KASTEEL SALUTES THE 1ST RETIREMENT FLAG.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER JIM THOMAS WITH ONE OF THE MORE THAN 500 UNSERVICEABLE FLAGS RETIRED DURING THE CEREMONY. THE TOWN OF KILMARNOCK FIRE TRUCK STANDS BY AS A SAFETY MEASURE.
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