Flag-burning ceremony held in Clovis

The Fresno BeeApril 12, 2014 

Over 600 flags were retired at a flag-burning ceremony held Saturday morning by Clovis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3225 and Clovis American Legion Post 147.

The event, held at a ranch on International and Willow Avenues near Clovis North High School, included the burning of 647 U.S. flags that were either torn or damaged beyond repair.

"It's the proper way to dispose of a U.S. flag," said Bill Rogers, a member of Clovis VFW. "You don't just throw it in the trash. It's a tradition."

Rogers, a 64-year-old Vietnam War veteran, said burning the flag appropriately means you're taking care of its disposal with respect.

Also retired were 47 other flags, such as Army flags, Navy flags and the California state flag. The ceremony included a prayer and music played by the ASU Army Band.

Rogers said Clovis VFW holds the burning ceremony annually after people drop off flags at several Clovis locations throughout the year.

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