By Mary O’KEEFE
The Crescenta Valley High School JROTC along with representatives from the American Legion Post 288 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 held a flag retirement ceremony at the high school on Tuesday afternoon.
The annual event is a way to dispose of tattered American flags in a respectful and honorable manner.
Lt. Col. David Worley, mentor for the JROTC, conducted the ceremony.
“The flag speaks to us with authority and vigor. It says. ‘I am the flag that stands for the greatest nation on Earth. I am no more than what you believe me to be. I am all that you believe I can be. I am what you make me and nothing more,’” Worley said. “Look upon our flag with renewed allegiance, honor her, respect her and most importantly defend her.”
The damaged and tattered flags are collected throughout the year. Anyone with flags that they wish to be part of a future retirement ceremony can drop their old flags at Crescenta Valley High School or Crescenta Valley Weekly.
“People can buy a new flag and support the Two Strike Park War Memorial project,” said Lynn McGinnis, veteran and former Rosemont Middle School history teacher.
The American Legion Post 288 and VFW Post 1614 along with the CV Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the flag fundraiser. Cloth flags are $10 and nylon flags are $5.
“They are really good quality flags,” Worley added.
The flags will be sold at the CV Chamber of Commerce, on Sundays at the Montrose Harvest Market and at the CV Weekly office.