Legions prepare for Flag Day

MIAMI COUNTY — In honor of Sunday’s Flag Day, two local veteran’s associations will perform their annual flag disposal ceremony for the public.

In Troy, the American Legion Post No. 43 will be performing its annual flag disposal ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Miami County Fairgrounds in the grandstands to properly dispose of tattered and worn flags.

“Right now we have 2,500 flags, which is about average for us,” said Gene Finch, past commander and current adjutant at the post. “We hope people come out. The ceremony is less than an half hour and it’s a pretty solemn ceremony.”

Finch said the legion’s ceremony consists of the inspection of one of the 2,500 American flags, which is then presented to the legion’s commander. The commander will recommend its disposal and then the honor guard will march in detail to the burn pit for its disposal.

Once the fire is lit, “Taps” will be played along with a gun salute.

The American Legion Post No. 43 also has a flag drop box for the public to drop off their worn and tattered flags to be properly disposed of throughout the year. The box is located in the parking lot located at 622 S. Market St.

“People are welcome to drop off flags all year. The drop box is for anyone to use at anytime,” Finch said.

In West Milton, the American Legion Post No. 487 will hold a flag disposal ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fayevores Banquet Hall on State Route 48, south of West Milton. The public is invited to attend and enjoy a free lunch following the ceremony.

In Piqua, the Tippecanoe Community Band will present a free “open-air” concert at the covered Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park, 1000 N. Forest Ave., Piqua, at 3 p.m. The 40-member band is directed by Gail Ahmed. The concert will feature American marches, melodies from World War II, and “God Bless America.” Audience members are encouraged to wear patriotic colors or military attire. Past and present military will be honored.

The Tipp City American Legion Post No. 586 will be hosting a bluegrass music event with Laural Mountain Bluegrass performing. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.