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PHOTOS: Flag retirement ceremony in Epsom

  • The fire in the well burned hot and bright as volunteers from the American Legion, Elks Lodge, as well as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts helped feed it with more flags at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The fire in the well burned hot and bright as volunteers from the American Legion, Elks Lodge, as well as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts helped feed it with more flags at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Boy Scouts watch patiently as flags are distributed to be brought to the fire at the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Boy Scouts watch patiently as flags are distributed to be brought to the fire at the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kenneth Pennell of the Epsom Elks Lodge waits for the fire to be stoked before adding another flag at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kenneth Pennell of the Epsom Elks Lodge waits for the fire to be stoked before adding another flag at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The unraveled threads show the wear on one of the flags that are part of the pile to be burned at the annual flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The unraveled threads show the wear on one of the flags that are part of the pile to be burned at the annual flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Scouts played a part in bringing the flags over to the flame but weren't allowed to throw them into the fire during the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 hall in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Scouts played a part in bringing the flags over to the flame but weren't allowed to throw them into the fire during the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 hall in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The fire in the well burned hot and bright as volunteers from the American Legion, Elks Lodge, as well as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts helped feed it with more flags at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Boy Scouts watch patiently as flags are distributed to be brought to the fire at the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kenneth Pennell of the Epsom Elks Lodge waits for the fire to be stoked before adding another flag at the flag retirement ceremony on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The unraveled threads show the wear on one of the flags that are part of the pile to be burned at the annual flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Epsom on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Scouts played a part in bringing the flags over to the flame but weren't allowed to throw them into the fire during the flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 hall in Epsom on Saturday, June 14, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Last weekend, in honor of Flag Day on June 14, the town of Epsom’s local American Legion and Elks Lodge collaborated as they do every year on a flag retirement ceremony. Flags that flew on poles and waved in the hands of people lining parades rested on tables outside of the American Legion Post 112 before being carried over to a metal well by local scout troops. Then the flags were laid down in a fire where they reached a dignified end to their patriotic journey.

Bra Burnings in the 60's, Love Ins also. Good Times

Epsom did same ritual with bras in '68, some donated by a little old lady now living in a big yellow fortress off route 28.

Larry, I fell off of my seat laughing when I read that comment. As far as the fortress is concerned, it is the one with all of the signs on the front lawn "Pro Choice", "Marx Had It Right", A Fetus is NOT a Human Life", "Obama Best President Ever" and signs for Shaheen, Shea-Poorer, Hassan, etc.

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