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My name is Old Glory… Long may I wave, dear God, Long may I wave!

On November 21, 2014, the Knights of Columbus Assembly #557 with Council #9409 hosted a Flag Retirement Ceremony with the assistance of the Sailors from Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Keesler at the Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School.   The members of the military held this ceremony at the request of the Knights of Columbus for the school children in order to show them the proper way of disposing of unserviceable flags in a way that brings honor and glory to our National Flag.  As the Flag Detail slowly marched in the students heard the reading of Old Glory, followed by a brief history of our National Flag.  When the Flag Detail began to unfold the Ceremonial Flag for the last time, they listened to the meanings of each of the 13 folds, and that of the Red, White and Blue colors.  Once the Flag was unfolded and presented, all present recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Flag Detail turned to walk towards the fire and to retire the Flag.  Once it was placed into the flames, a bell tolled and the Sailors rendered a salute honoring her while remembering the 2,717,991 men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.  This process was completed for each Flag as it was placed into the flames.  Once the final flag was retired the D’Iberville Assembly #557 Honor Guard hoisted a new Flag to the top of the flagpole, rendered a salute and the ceremony was concluded with the following words:

Now I am just a memory, but if there is a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat; if you felt a shiver in your spine as you watched me burn, then I will be back the next time you need me and my colors will be fresh and bright and my edges won’t be ragged anymore. When I climb to the top of the flagpole, I’ll wave at you and remember the love and respect that you have showed me here today.”  So when you see me, stand straight, and salute or place your right hand over your heart…and I’ll salute you, waving back…and I’ll know that… YOU REMEMBERED!

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