Although the official date of Flag Day is June 14, on the newly manicured grounds of the Fayette County Museum, courtesy of Maggard’s Mowing and Landscaping, there was a flurry of flag activities that took place on Saturday.
The Carnegie Library kids participated in the annual tour of the Museum. There was a scavenger hunt that accompanied the tour. After the educational tour, these young people had the opportunity to observe the Flag Retirement Ceremony presented by the Fayette County Scouts.
Flags that are torn, faded, or just worn out are retired from service by placing the flag in a fire. The ashes are collected and are buried later. Also present on the lawn were members of the Fayette County Veteran Honor Guard. Their task was to show those assembled the 13 folds, and their meanings, that a flag goes through to then be handed to a veteran or a veteran’s family.
On Sunday, across town at the American Legion Post #25, the Elks Lodge #129 held their annual Flag Ceremony. This ceremony takes those in attendance on a journey from the first flag all the way through to the current flag. Present along with community members were representatives from the county’s safety services: Fayette County EMS, Wayne Township Fire Department, Washington Fire Department and Jefferson Township Fire Department.