Poland vets organization was site for flag-disposal ceremony

POLAND — American flags that have served their time as a beacon of hope, freedom and home, were honorably disposed of tonight by the Sons of The American Legion Mahoning Valley Squadron 15.

Burning is the proper and acceptable way to dispose of flags that are torn, frayed and faded, said Jeff Vrabel Sr., Squadron 15 commander.

“The respectful way is by burning,” he said.

The organization sponsored its 14th annual Flag Disposal Ceremony at the American Legion Mahoning Valley Post 15, 35 Cortland St.

Throughout the year, more than 1,000 worn-out flags were dropped off, including ones that had 48 stars, Vrabel said. The stars represent the nation’s states.

About 25 to 30 flags were dropped off this evening, he added.

After burning the flags, the ashes are buried in the ground, said John Kopcsos, a member of the American Legion.

“It’s the same thing as burying a person,” he said.

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