Drop off worn-out flags before Thursday’s Flag Day ceremony

KAPAA — Flag Day is observed on June 14, but due to its falling on a Sunday, Kauai will observe the event Thursday starting at 10 a.m., said Jim Jung, the American Legion, Post 54, Kapaa chaplain.

“The American flag, emblem of our great county, is a precious symbol of our ideals of justice, freedom and democracy,” Jung said. “When on display at public functions, we pledge our allegiance to demonstrate our respect and devotion.”

During the recent Memorial Day services at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of flag protocol by replacing worn and tattered American flags with new ones, turning in the worn flags to their troop and pack leaders for proper retirement.

Jung said the proper retirement of such flags is one of the missions of the American Legion, a volunteer civilian organization of veterans who have served our country in all branches of the military.

“Each June, on Flag Day, the American Legion Post 54, Kapaa, along with the help of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, hosts a solemn ceremony during which time, these worn-out flags are honorably cremated in accordance with Federal Law 4 U.S.C., Ch 1, Sec, 8(k),” Jung said.

He invites individuals or organizations who have worn-out American flags to deposit them in a Flag Drop collection box at the front of the Kauai Veterans Center, on Kapule Highway across from the Lihue Airport, before the Thursday ceremony.

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