OXFORD – The Oxford American Legion, Fort Hill Post #376, is sponsoring a community-wide, U.S. flag retirement ceremony at the Oxford Legion on Tuesday, June 14, at 6 p.m. The Oxford Legion, the largest in Chenango County, is accepting flags now for retirement. That will culminate in a special, honorable Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags on Flag Day. People can turn in their old American flags for retirement as well as enjoy the Legion’s Open House.
The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since 1937. The First Vice Commander of the Oxford American Legion, Ron Blanford is spearheading this flag disposal project ceremony. “Once the American flag has faded or is worn, it is disrespectful to fly it.” said the Post 376 First Vice Commander who added, “Flags, big or little need to be retired in a dignified manner to show respect.”