NEWS ARTICLE ARCHIVE
THE TOWN OF KILMARNOCK & FLOTILLA 33 CONDUCT FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY ON FLAG DAY 14JUN13
(L TO R): FRANS KASTEEL, RAYMOND BOOTH, MAYOR OF KILMARNOCK, & ED HIND, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER, DURING THE FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY.
OVER 100 UNSERVICABLE FLAGS RETIRED
Flotilla Commander Ed Hind presented a United States Flag, representing all the flags on hand, to Auxiliarist Frans Kasteel. Hind reported that the flags were inspected and deemed unserviceable with a recommendation to dispose them in a respectful manner. Kasteel accepted the recommendation, recognized that these flags have performed a service for the county and proceeded to retire the flags.
The Town of Kilmarnock was represented by Mayor Raymond Booth, who welcomed those in attendance along with Town Council Members, Rebecca Nunn and Mae Umphlett. Also from the Town was Tom Saunders, Town Manager and Susan Cockrell, Assistant Town Manger.
“Flotilla 33 and the Town of Kilmarnock worked together to provide the service again this year for the people in the area,” commented Hind. “We and the Town get a lot of inquiries on how to properly dispose of a flag. We decided to conduct this service and are happy that citizens have dropped off their old flags here or ahead of time at the Town Hall.”
“Since the recommended method of respectfully disposing of an unserviceable flag is by burning, we want to thank Ray Lewis and Justin Lewis of the Kilmarnock Fire Department for being on hand during the evening,” stated Kasteel. “Even though we had a controlled fire, we would have been uncomfortable without their presence.”
The number of flags dropped off by people in the community reflect the need for this service,” said Cockrell. “The Town of Kilmarnock intends to partner with United States Coast Guard Flotilla 33 to continue with this event.”
PHOTO & PRESS RELESS SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA 33 STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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