American Legion to hold retired-flag disposal ceremonyBy: By Loren Ferguson Special to The News Messenger
Know and Go:
A retired-flag disposal ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Saturday April 27 at the Lincoln Fire Station at McBean Park. The public is invited.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Lincoln is served by American Legion James E. Fowler Post 264; members serve the
community by conducting memorial service at the local cemeteries on Memorial Day
Post 264 is active with community leaders to provide members for flag details for community parades and local celebrations. Post 264 conducts a U.S. flag
retirement ceremony each year where worn-out flags are turned in by community
members and the U.S. flags are then destroyed with dignity. The next retired-flag disposal ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Saturday April 27 at the Lincoln Fire Station at McBean Park. The public is invited.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grassroots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veteran’s community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
Loren Ferguson is the American Legion Post 264’s 2nd vice-commander.