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Veterans Hold Flag Retirement Ceremony

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SHERMAN, TX--After flying over American soil, it was time for these flags to retire. Local veterans conducted a flag retirement ceremony Sunday afternoon in Sherman. 

The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Marine Corps and the Vietnam Veterans of America held a flag retirement ceremony today to properly dispose of old glory. 

More than two dozen locals gathered at the Amvets post in Sherman to see former servicemen and women honor, then dispose of the American Colors. 

The Perrin Field Honor Guard and Boy Scouts were also present for the ceremony.

The stars and stripes of one flag were separated, and each stripe was burned individually as the 13 colonies were announced.

"This flag has served its purpose," said Doug Brown of VFW Post 2773. "It's done its job. It's flown above our troops, our facilities and all, and when we dispose of it, it's because its worn out--it's tired, its time to retire and then replace it with a fresh new one."

After a few flags were disposed of, a new flag was hung over Amvets.

One flag that is being disposed of was discovered on a Veterans grave Memorial Day which says, "I love you daddy"

Veterans and volunteers plan on disposing of the 265 flags Sunday afternoon.

Many of the torn and tattered flags were donated by the community. 

--Jen French, KTEN News