S.A.M.S Press Release, Re, Flag Retirement Ceremony

Contact: William Wolf
Scottish American Military Society
Phone 315-353-2706
Email: wdwolf@ix.netcom.com

Press Release

Bring your old and torn National flags to the SAMS U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the 2018 Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival.

Flag retirement ceremony to honor worn, tattered flags

While burial of an American flag could be considered honorable, it is not the proper means of showing respect to our national emblem. The proper method of destroying a flag is by burning it in a dignified ceremony.

At 6:35 pm, immediately following the closing ceremonies at the Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival on Saturday, May 19, a fitting tribute to the retirement of unserviceable US Flags will be held on the main field. With the pomp and circumstance befitting the symbol of our nation, SAMS (Scottish American Military Society) Post 75 will perform this important community service. You may bring your own ragged and torn National flags to the SAMS tent in Clan Village anytime during the day to have them retired with the dignity they have earned.

A set of rules for civilian flag courtesy know as The Flag Code was first formulated by the National Flag Conference meeting in Washington, DC, June 14-15, 1923. The United States Flag Code 36s 176(k) states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part in this moving ceremony that will honor our Flag, our Country, and most importantly our Veterans. Those who attend will come away with a great sense of pride and learn something they may not have known about our country and our flag. Respect, Honor, and Tradition will all be showcased at this great community event.

Mark your calendars now for the 3rd weekend in May. This Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival is held at 4925 Collett Road, Shortsville, NY 14548. This year’s Festival will be great with Pipe Bands, the Heavy Athletic competitions, Celtic musicians, Irish and Scottish dance, Clan exhibits, Arts and Crafts Exhibits, great food vendors, and many great merchandise vendors.

Membership in the Scottish American Military Society is open to honorable discharged veterans or active duty or reserve military persons who have served or are serving with any branch of the US Armed Forces and are of Scottish decent. For more information, contact William Wolf at (315) 353-2706, via email at: wdwolf@ix.netcom.com.

Bring your old and torn National flags to the SAMS U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the 2018 Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival.

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