American Legion Post 55 Commander Don Grieb acted as host for the many groups who attended the flag burning ceremony. Clermont Mayor Hal Turville (below) thanked the men and women who have served in the military and reminded the crowd what the flag stood for. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
Three local mayors attended the flag burning ceremonies; Tim Loucks of Groveland (left), Hal Turville of Clermont (center), and Tony Rosado of Mascotte (not shown), along with Congressman Daniel Webster (right). members of the Freedom Riders (below) acted as an honor guard during the ceremony. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
Congressman Daniel Webster acted as parade marshal for the Flag Burning ceremony that started at Clermont City Hall. The South Lake High School Band, local boy scouts and the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion were on hand for the event. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
The American Legion, Post 55, sponsored a flag retirement ceremony last weekend with a parade from Clermont City Hall and a ceremonial burning of the retired flags at their Desoto Street location. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
Say flag burning and many people think of protests and anti-American demonstrations. But the burning of the United States Flag is the proper way to dispose of Old Glory. Flag burning takes place when a flag is deemed too marred and tattered to continue to fly.
It is never acceptable to throw out the stars and stripes. Flag burning is a way of giving it, its final honor and is considered a sign of respect.
American Legion Post 55 in Clermont, along with other veterans groups, the Boy Scouts, South Lake High School Band, local dignitaries and others, joined together to honor the flag with a retirement ceremony.
Dozens of worn U.S Flags were placed on the flames following a solemn ceremony, a 21 gun salute from the Korean War Veterans, the playing of the National Anthem by the South Lake High School Band and speeches by Clermont and Groveland's mayors.