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PHOTOS: Flag retirement ceremony at Weirs Beach

  • President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association Terry Drury of Sanbornton adds an American flag to the fire during the flag retirement ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Drury dedicated flags to her veteran husband James Drury, her father and others. Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans' Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association's compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Laurie Jones (left) and Jerry Burk attend the flag retirement ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Veterans' Association vice president Mike Young recites a poem during the flag retirement ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans' Association compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Patrick Boyle adds an American flag to the fire during the flag retirement ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans' Association compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans’ Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association’s compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans’ Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association’s compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans’ Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association’s compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans' Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association's compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Patrick Boyle plays the bagpipes during the flag retirement ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans' Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association's compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans’ Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association’s compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The New Hampshire Veterans’ Association held a flag retirement ceremony at the association’s compound in Weirs Beach on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, June 15, 2018

Tucked away at the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association campground in Weirs Beach insulated from the noises of Bike Week, a small group of about 30 honored the American Flag and remembered some of the deceased service members that touched their lives.

As they do each year on Flag Day, the association respectfully disposed of old flags in a burn pit with an accompanying ceremony. Those present recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the American Creed. They listened to poems read by the association vice president Mike Young, and anyone who wished to place a flag in the fire was welcomed to dedicate it to an important veteran in their life.

In the past, June 14 has always been a work day for Terry Drury of Sanbornton, the president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association, but this year Drury was able to attend her first ceremony. She placed multiple flags into the flames on Thursday in memory of her husband, James Drury; her father; and others. “Now that he’s gone, I’m going to continue doing it for him,” she said of James Drury, who died in 2009, served as vice president of the New Hampshire Veterans’ Association.

(Elizabeth Frantz can be reached at efrantz@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lizfrantz.)