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Jonesborough Flag Retirement Ceremony
November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Every year, Jonesborough’s Flag Committee along with the Daniel Boone High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC retires more than 2,000 American Flags from the region in a ceremonial fashion following codes set forth by the National Flag Foundation.
The Town’s American Flag Retirement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. in the Jonesborough Post Office Parking lot. The ceremony will include a keynote address by Tom Pardue. Following the keynote, the Daniel Boone Junior ROTC will conduct the official retirement of American flags that have been torn, faded, replaced and are no longer in use. A Congressional Research Service report to Congress found the Flag Code specifies that flags be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Flags to be retired are folded in the traditional triangular form.
“The flags are properly burned on a bed of hickory coals and the ashes are then buried,” Town Flag Committee Chair Ruth Verhegge said. Flag drop off boxes are located at the Jonesborough Post Office, David Crockett High School and the Food City located in Gray.