Flag retirement ceremony held at Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2207 has been retiring flags for years in Fortuna. Last year the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department joined the cause donating a place to hold the ceremony and man power to ensure community safety.

Bill Hummel and Kenny Campbell from the VFW led the ceremony honoring the retired flags. Boy Scout Troop #47 carried out the burning of the flags with due respect of their service to the community.

For over five years the VFW has had a red, white and blue container on the porch of the Veteran's Building on Main Street in Fortuna where anyone can donate their worn, torn, or faded flags. The flags are then all gathered once a year for a ceremony of respect to the flag.

"These flags have real value beyond price," Hummel read. "They represent all that we have lived for and died for."

The FVFD provided support to the ceremony by having a truck manned by Company 1 1st Lt. Carmen Glass and her husband, Company 1 Firefighter 1st responder Brad Glass.

With VFW members, FVFD, and community members looking on, the Boy Scouts initiated the retirement of the flags as a bugler played.

"We had an earlier troop leader who did flag retirement," Boy Scout Troop #47 leader Joe McKenzie said. "It was something I thought was very important and so we picked it back up. We collect flags from all over and then bring them to this annual ceremony."

VFW Post 2207 is the charter for Boy Scout Troop #47, so it seemed like the perfect fit to team up on this project to ensure the proper retirement of U.S. flags.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Boy Scout Troop 47 performs a flag retirement ceremony with the assistance of the FVFD and their charter sponsor the VFW Post 2207.