Flag retirement Thursday in Warren

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If you have any tattered, worn or damaged United States in your home, now is the time to retire them properly.

On Thursday, Warren will hold its annual Flag Retirement ceremony at the Warren Athletic Complex off Asylum Road. Organizers expect to retire more than 2,500 flags, including many that flew over veterans’ graves for the past year. Sorting will begin at 6 p.m., and cloth flags will be burned at about 7:30 p.m. in the Pete Sepe Pavilion fire pits. Flags made from synthetics will be taken to an incinerator.

The annual ceremony was begun several years ago by Warren Unit #11 of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Warren Association of Vietnam Veterans. It now includes members of American Legion Post #104 of Warren, American Legion Post #18 of Portsmouth and its Auxiliary, the Warren Honor Roll Committee, the Kickemuit Grange, the Junior Grange, Warren’s Boy and Cub Scouts, and a Marine Corps League Detachment from Seekonk. The Warren Fire Department will also be on hand.

“This is always a poignant, patriotic ceremony, and we urge all townspeople to participate,’’ said Judy Fardig, president of Warren Unit #11. ”We would especially like to see our young people at the ceremony, so they can appreciate the reverence in which the flag is held.”

If you can’t make it but want to retire a flag properly, collection boxes are located outside the Kickemuit Grange on Vernon Street.

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