Every year on the anniversary of the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, many Veterans organizations around the country hold ceremonies to retire US flags that are worn and can no longer be flown. This is done by ceremonial burning.

On the 16th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, members of Chaseburg American Legion Post 202, Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 and Chaseburg VFW Post 1032, along with some 50 other citizens gathered at the Chaseburg Legion Hall to hold this ceremony.

After short speeches, presentation of a ceremonial first flag, and playing of Taps, several hundred flags of various sizes were retired. Scouts from Packs 311 in Stoddard and 319 in Chaseburg participated in the ceremony.

Anyone with flags that are worn and need to be retired may place them in specially designated containers at the Chaseburg Legion Hall, the Coon Valley Legion Hall, or the Westby Veterans Memorial.

For more information contact, Tom Sharratt, 634-2118

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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