Westborough veterans hold flag retirement ceremony

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Westborough veterans hold flag retirement ceremony
Dozens of American flags were burned during a retirement ceremony at Veterans Park on Saturday, June 15. (photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – On Saturday, June 15, the Veterans Advisory Board led a flag retirement ceremony at Veterans Park at West Main Street.

Despite windy conditions, dozens of old and worn American flags were burned, as attendees learned about flag etiquette.

Take folding the flag, for example. Local Scouts showed how this was done – each fold represents those who died in service during wartime, such as the Civil War, World War I and World War II, as well as the president of the United States, families, troops currently deployed, and freedom.

Afterward, the National Lancers, one of the nation’s oldest cavalry units, performed some drills, then invited attendees to meet the horses.

The event was co-sponsored by the Veterans Services officer, local Scouting organizations, and the town’s police, fire and DPW.

Those who missed the ceremony, and have flags ready to be retired, may drop them off at the box at the fire station on Milk Street.

Poppy drive

American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 9013 recently sponsored the annual Memorial Poppy Drive at several locations in town.

Participating veterans were supported by members of Westborough High School’s National Honor Society.

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