On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the official flag of the United States of America.
In honor of that historic day, Americans participate in Flag Day events every June 14. Flag retirement ceremonies are a common occurrence on the holiday.
Tom Burke of the Sun City Veterans Association said the U.S. flag code states that the honorable way to dispose of a flag is by burning it. He said his group has collected about 1,000 worn-out, old flags to burn this year in celebration of Flag Day.
This year the Sun City Hilton Head group will pay particular homage to civil servants who have died as a result of terrorism. The association will present Bluffton Township Fire District with a remembrance flag in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Burke said celebrating Flag Day is particularly important this year because it is nearing the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
"It makes sense to honor those civil servants who have given their lives in the cause of preventing terrorism," Burke said. "That's why we're doing it, and it's an honorable thing to do."
Flag Day events
The public is invited to attend any of the following events in Beaufort County in celebration of Flag Day:
- The Sun City Veterans Association will present a Flag Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday behind the pavilion in Sun City Hilton Head. Beaufort County Councilman Jerry Stewart will speak. The association is no longer collecting flags for this year's ceremony. Details: Tom Burke, 843-705-1978
- The Exchange Club of Beaufort, the Disabled American Veterans and the Burton Fire District will host a flag retirement ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the fire station at 36 Burton Hill Road in Beaufort. Flags may be dropped off at the station ahead of time or brought to the ceremony. Details: Angel Flewelling, 843-525-0102; Ron Voegeli, 843-524-6677
- Hilton Head Island Elks Lodge No. 2773 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the lodge, 173 Marshland Road on Hilton Head. Flags may be dropped off in the designated container in front of the building in advance or the day of the ceremony. Details: Andy Davison, 843-422-8256