Flags to be respectfully retired June 14

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OGEMAW COUNTY — Flags will be retired with honor in two county locations for Flag Day June 14.

The city of West Branch will first be holding a ceremony at noon at city hall. The program will include opening remarks by Mayor Paul Frechette, a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem and possibly some speakers. The flags will then be officially retired.

The flags include the city’s own and those collected from residents. Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Frechette said the flags are not actually burned during the ceremony, but rendered disposed of as soon as the stars are cut from the stripes.

Later in the day, the Skidway Lake American Legion will be hosting a flag-burning ceremony at 6 p.m. at the post, located at 805 E. Greenwood Rd. Post Commander Bob Adamo said there are quite a few flags to be burned. The post collects flags year-round in a small mailbox at the front of the building.

Flags can also be dropped off throughout the year at the Ogemaw County Herald office, Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch and Rose City, and Parkview Acres in Lupton.

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