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Sheriff’s Office retires flags

6/19/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Numerous American flags were retired during a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Robert D. Campbell Training Center on Greensburg Road. The annual event invites area residents, businesses and organizations to bring flags that are damaged or worn and no longer fit for display to be retired during the ceremony.

The Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Mounted Unit, K-9 and Motorcycle units, along with the Group III Civil Air Patrol Squadron and various military groups, participated in the event. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Capes, of Cuyahoga Falls, was the keynote speaker. The public also was invited to attend.

Shown at right, from left, Cpl. Bryan Campbell and 1st Sgt. Christopher Gasser, of Weapons Company 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, from Brook Park, lower an old flag at the Training Center in preparation for the retirement ceremony.

Shown below are a pile of flags awaiting retirement during the ceremony.

According to federal law, when a flag is no longer fit for display, it should be retired in a dignified manner, preferably by burning, as shown at top at the retirement ceremony.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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