Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - On June 14th, 1777, the United States Continental Congress issued the first American Flag and on that day ever since we have celebrated Flag Day in the United States.
This afternoon, the American Legion held a special ceremony retiring several flags that were no longer fit for use. Commander of the American Legion Post 6 Russell Telander said that the burning of unusable flags is different than the burning of flags by protesters. The fire represents the purity of the flag and our nation and by burning the flags, their final resting place won't be a landfill.
Telander also said that while it's a good thing that private citizens fly flags on their porch, if those flags become worn or tattered, they need to be disposed of properly. There is a drop box for unusable flags at the American Legion where residents can drop off their flags. Telander said that the American Legion will be burning thousands of flags today that they've collected over the past year.