VFW Post 4190 in Decatur respectfully buries flags following Memorial Day Ceremony

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Just as military men and women killed in action are buried when their service is done, American flags too are respectfully laid to rest. This burial comes after the flag is deemed unserviceable.

“If it’s faded, if it’s tattered, if it gets torn, if it gets on the ground and gets dirty,” VFW Post 4190’s Veterans Service Officer Calvin Underwood said.

Since the United States Congress adopted the symbol in 1777, Old Glory has woven pride in the American people with every stitch.

“I come from the generation that’s very patriotic and especially after serving in the military; the American flag is extremely important to me,” Underwood said.

Crowds honored those who paid the ultimate sacrifice just one week ago, while also recognizing our American flags.

“On Monday, Memorial Day, we retired about 85 flags at Roselawn Cemetery,” Underwood said.

Over a few days’ time, the red, white and blue turns to black ash.

“The ashes from these flags are then respectfully buried in a place that’s in front of our oak trees and cedar trees to give it a place of honor,” Underwood explained.

The VFW Post 4190 in Decatur encourages anyone with a soiled or tattered American flag to drop it off in the mailbox at the VFW located at 2309 Veterans Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35601.