Today is June 14th, Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on this day in 1777.
The Pledge of Allegiance and The Star Spangled Banner opened the flag retirement ceremony inn Corryton in East Knox County.
Several people shared their feelings about the flag.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said, "Our flag is the symbol of sacrifice given by those who are and who have served our country. We hold it in very high regard."
Rural-Metro Firefighter and EMT Michael Allison said, "The American Flag stands for our liberties in the United States. It gives us that comfort of our freedom and where it came from and started from and how we developed to be a nation together."
Jack Alman with Rolling Thunder said, "It's a symbol of freedom. It's a symbol of our patriotism. And it's a symbol of those who have sacrificed to keep this country free. And we honor that flag."
Boy Scout Troop #500 out of Corryton performed the formal flag retirement service.
Scout Zach Lawson said, "It represents everything that's good about the country and everything we are so if we handle it with respect that means we are proud of who we are what we do."
Michael Allison said, "In order to do it properly you need to have a ceremony and it's burned in a proper manner to show the dedication to America and the pride we all have as citizens."
The flag was carefully unfolded, saluted, refolded, and burned.
It was tattered and worn and had served its time and served it well.
A new flag flies to represent america and americans.
President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing Flag Day in 1916.