Town Of Macon Holds Its First American Flag Burning Ceremony

Setting fire to the American flag.  It's not the act of vandalism that it looks like.  Every year, American legion chapters around the country do this in honor of our nations history.  Saturday afternoon, the American Legion Post of #Macon, Illinois, held such a ceremony for the first time.

"I'm excited about it," said post commander, Lee Hoisapple.

Members of the post burned almost 50 flags.

"I have people that dropped off flags that live in Mt. Zion," said Hoisapple.  We've had people even call us from blue mound."

The U.S. Flag Code states that when a flag is damaged or no longer usable, the most respectful way to dispose of it is by burning it.

"Unfortunately, you see a lot of places where people don't respect the flag, and they do horrendous things to it," said legion member, Bob McQuality.

Unlike those who are emotionally attached.

"My father was a prisoner of war during World War II, and he served 20 months in a German prison camp all because he honored that flag," said McQuality.  A lot of these guys are Korean War vets that went through combat, Vietnam, Gulf War vets.  And we just think that flag ought to be properly honored and disposed of instead of just tossed in the garbage like some people do."

But many of the vets at the ceremony believe you don't need veteran status to appreciate the flag.

"We all have ties to that flag, and that's what makes us a great country.  That's our symbol.  And that's us."

Stars and stripes. 
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