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A member of the Lewis B. Puller Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment 524 stands at attention as American flags are properly disposed of during a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday morning, September 19, 2015, at the ARMY Heritage and Education Center.

Jason Malmont The Sentinel

The public is invited Saturday to a flag retirement ceremony at the Army Heritage and Education Center starting at 9:30 a.m.

The Lewis B. Puller Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment 524 will conduct its 10th annual ceremony where it will properly dispose of hundreds of old, faded, worn-out and beyond-repair flags.

The U.S. Flag Code states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

The Flag Code was adopted on June 14, 1923 — now known as Flag Day — by the National Flag Conference that was attended by U.S. Army and U.S. Navy representatives and other national groups, according to U.S.Flag.org.

It’s disrespectful to the flag to just throw it out with the garbage, said Jim Grove, a former Marine and member of Detachment 524. Local residents can contact Grove at 243-3788 to arrange for the pick-up of unserviceable flags by Marine Corps League members.

There are also boxes at two locations to drop off unserviceable flags prior to the Sept. 16 ceremony: VFW Post 477, 2104 W. Trindle Road and Carlisle Amvets Post 274, 1580 Ritner Highway.

The public is welcome to bring any unserviceable flags with them to the ceremony, which will include the singing of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance and comments by Carlisle Police Chief Taro D. Landis, who is a veteran of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

The ceremony will conclude with the firing of a rifle salute and the playing of taps by the Cumberland County Honor Guard.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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