Flag Day ceremony to be held June 14 at American Legion grounds | Local News

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A Flag Day Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Open Grounds on Tower Street. Ceremony setup will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Prior to the ceremony, any damaged flags may be brought to the Missoula Textile Stores, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Headquarters, or American Legion Post Headquarters. Flags may also be brought to the June 14 retirement ceremony.

After the short service, members of the public and veterans will carry the flags to firefighters who will be stationed at the ceremonial barrels to place the flags in the flames. The process of removing the 600 flags at the ceremony takes about three hours and many volunteers are asked to help. As the flags are removed, members of the public will read famous speeches from historical figures in American history.

At 4:00 p.m., full military honors, complete with a 3-volley salute by the VFW Post 209 Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 27 Color Guard, will take place. A brief history of the American Flag and Flag Day will be read by a veteran.

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The taps will play as the final flag (of University Honda dealership Denny Menholt) is lowered into the ceremonial barrel.

The ashes of all flags will be taken to the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery and will be interred.

People of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend this event and help facilitate it if they can.

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