On Flag Day, June 14, 2018, a retirement ceremony for unserviceable U S Flags was held at Arick L Lore American Legion Post 274 in Lusby.
After a welcome by American Legion Post 274 Commander Eric Walls, the Patuxent High School NJROTC posted the Colors and Calvert County Commander Jay Bolles led the attendees in the National Anthem. Chaplain Kidwell of Post 274 gave the Invocation and Commander Walls led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Colors were then retired.
Commander Walls introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Calvert County Commander Jay C Bolles. After graduating high school, Jay joined the United States Navy in January of 1978. He retired from active duty in August 1998. He currently serves on the Department of the Navy acquisition workforce as a level 3 program manager for various programs at the Naval Air Systems Command located at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, Maryland.
After spending some time on writing a speech for this occasion, Commander Bolles happened upon the American Legion National Headquarters suggested speech and thought it was perfect. And it was.
“Flag Day is only one reason that June 14th is special in America. For it is also a day that we honor those who hold special reverence for our national symbol-so much so, that these special Americans all pledged to die for that Flag if called upon.
Fittingly, June 14th also happens to be the birthday of the United States Army. Our soldiers-like all veterans of the United States military-understand that the Flag of our country is not a mere piece of cloth but the embodiment of freedom, hope and opportunity.
World War I veteran Alvin Mansfield Owsley served as national commander of the American Legion from 1922 to 1923. His reverence for our Flag and National Anthem resonates as well today as it did nearly a century ago. ‘The band is playing the national anthem-The Star Spangled Banner Commander Owsley said. They have let loose Old Glory yonder. Stand up-and others will stand with you. This tribute to the Flag is offered to the country in appeal to all men and women of all races, colors and tongues, that they may come to understand that our Flag is the symbol of liberty, ad learn to love it.’
And we do love our Flag. That is why we are here today. It is why so many American Legion Family members wear American Flag pins.
Following Commander Bolles speech, Auxiliary President Rivers read “I am Your Flag”.
The Legion officers continued with the flag disposal service, participating with the Boy Scout Pack 427. For more information about American Legion Post 274 in Lusby, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/American.Legion.Post.274.Lusby/?rf=100872999957603
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon