SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) -- Monday was Flag Day, a yearly observance to honor the symbol of our freedom.
In Sergeant Bluff, the American Legion performed a formal flag retirement, symbolically burning more than 1,200 of them. They were brought in from public buildings, peoples' homes, even soldiers' caskets.
Organizers say flags need to be retired with reverence and that this holiday is a great time to replace old flags, that no longer represent our country's strength.
"We want it to be bright, clean and clear. If it's faded and torn and tattered, it's no longer representing the United States. It's broke down then," said Ron Kerr of the American Legion.
For those who have served in the armed forces, the significance of "Old Glory" is clear. A ceremony like this is a good way for anyone to appreciate the service and sacrifice made by men and women of the United States, which the flag represents.
"The flag is a symbol and it needs to be respected. It deserves respect as the symbol of what our country stands for," said Connie Peterson of Sergeant Bluff.
The flags' ashes will be buried Tuesday. The American Legion has put on the ceremony for about 20 years.