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March 29th, 2010
City to hold flag retirement ceremony


The City of San Marcos will conduct a retirement ceremony for old and unserviceable flags on April 18 at the San Marcos Veterans Memorial (4 p.m.).

The city’s parks and recreation division and its veterans affairs advisory committee are holding the ceremony, during which one flag will be cut and burned according to proper flag etiquette, and the remainder will be retired soon thereafter. Cub Scout Troop 116 and Troop 112 will assist, along with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

“We want to set an example for citizens to properly retire their flags,” said Dan West, chairman of the city’s veterans affairs advisory committee. “This ceremony is an opportunity to learn about the history of our flag.”

Flag receptacles where individuals may place any flags in need of proper retirement are located at various locations, including the San Marcos Public Library, The San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos City Hall, the San Marcos Electric Utility office, H-E-B, and Wal-Mart.

Flag receptacles will be picked up on Friday, April 16, by 5 p.m.

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