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Ceremony honors Old Glory and all it stands for
Troop 2 Boy Scouts Max Davie, 11, of Bennington and Sean Grady, 11, of Francestown toss retired flags into the fire during a Flag Day ceremony in Antrim Friday evening. ((MEGHAN PIERCE/photo))
Veterans and other community members passed a 48-star American flag around at a Flag Day ceremony Friday evening and talked about what the flag represents to them.
Antrim-based Boy Scout Troop 2 and Myers-Prescott-Olson American Legion Post 50 hosted the Flag Day flag retirement ceremony in Memorial Park.While holding the flag, U.S. Army veteran and Post 50 chaplain Ted Brown recalled being stationed in North Korea in the early 1970s — at a peace conference center where North Korea and South Korea would meet for peace talks — and the feeling he would get seeing the Stars & Stripes fly high.
Kristin Batty of Greenfield said the flag is a symbol of home to her.
As the daughter of an Air Force man, the wife of a former Marine and as a parent "the flag represents hope for the future of our county," said Tania Grady of Francestown.
"Everybody's got a great story of why it's important. I just love doing this," Beihl said.
After the flag was passed around, Beihl started the flag retirement.
About 1,000 flags collected from the communities of Antrim, Bennington and Francestown over the past three years were burned.
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