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Flag Day Ceremony of Disposal

June 14th is Flag Day.

 In 1949, congress created National Flag Day by commemorating Betsy Ross’ creation of the stars and stripes from 246 years ago (in 1777).  

The ceremony for disposal of unserviceable flags was instituted by the American Legion in 1937 and it has been an integral part of the American Legion ritual each year since then. 

Three members of the American Legion Cheula Post 92 Honor Guard, Jim Langum, Scott Moore, and Martin Glenn (who also created the American Legion Riders Chapter 92), brought many flags that have been collected through the year to the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park to use their crematorium at no cost to dispose of flags that need to be destroyed with “respectful and honorable rites and their places to be taken by bright new flags.” Says Scott Moore. 

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Moore conducted the ceremony over the 250-plus flags with only the Honor Guard and Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park location manager Travis Robison present before putting them into the crematory to burn the flags at 1600 degrees ferinhight. The Post used to burn the flags each year by dousing them in kerosene behind the Legion Building in McCloud.  The Mt. Shasta Memorial Park offers their crematory for free to the American Legion. 

American Legion Cheula Post 92 Honor Guards Martin Glenn, Jim Langum, Scott Moore, along with  Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park location manager Travis Robison, together collected over 250 flags to be ceremoniously  destroyed.  Together they put the flags in the Crematory

After the flag disposal ceremony, the Honor Guard visited the final resting place of Silvestro Cheula, Bataillon F. 15th Field Artillery, who died on the last day of WWI in France. The American Legion Post 92, was named in his honor. 


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