As part of the Logan County Republican Women’s Club June program there was a Flag Retirement Ceremony held in the Carrico Square in Russellville at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, June 23 with several regular and associate members taking part.
Bobbie Jean Burnett began by telling the audience that no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. 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.
Next, Mary Lancaster read a poem entitled “I Am Your Flag.” Brenda Baugh told about the meaning of the Blue Field of the flag as indicative of God’s heaven under which we fly. Then the Blue Field with the Stars were retired in the flames. After that, Linda Taylor, gave the audience words of the meaning of the White Stripes signifying the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons and daughters. Then some of the White Stripes were added to the flames. Jerry Taylor gave respectful words about the Red Stripes which symbolize the blood spilled in defense of the glorious nation. Some of the Red Stripes were then added to the fire. J.R. Cundiff and Sheldon Baugh added words about many battles over which the Flag has flown during the years. Keith Burnett added that the American people have stayed true to the values the Flag represents and that we should always value the sacrifices that have been made for our flag and the country it represents.
Annie Statton continued that we have an old friend there that evening who has fulfilled his duty to our country, but has become worn and tattered and that is why all were present to retire him with honor. Judy Givens stated that we shouldn’t be sad about the retirement of our friend; that we were not burning him in anger, but that we were only releasing his spirit so that he can continue to serve us in our thoughts. Last of all, Nora Lacayo invited all of the audience to take a piece of the remaining cloth from that which was being passed around to place it on the fire. She reminded them to reflect on all that had been said about the Flag and its meaning to us. Five flags were retired during this ceremony.
When the Flag Retirement Ceremony was over, the crowd went to the GOP Headquarters across the street and listened to Senator Whitney Westerfield, now candidate for Attorney General, and Attorney Allison Ball, candidate for State Treasurer, speak about their campaigns. Questions from the audience were fielded and candidates answered each of them. A delicious meal was then served by the ladies of the club to all who attended.