The Veterans Day celebrations around the county included honoring veterans and the history of Memorial Park, But it also included a solemn ceremony in the evening where local Boy Scout Troops 24 and 885, along with members of Nevada County veterans organization including American Legion Post 130, officiated over the retirement of several United States flags. Veteran Mike Hauser said the ceremony follows several months of flag collection.
The scouts have collected over 1000 flags through the process and Hauser says the evening event honored four flags including one that was included just before the ceremony.
Local resident Matt Coulter donating his fathers flag Chris Coulter served in a Navy Construction Battalion.
The Flag retirement ceremony is the official way to dispose of Old Glory.
Hauser also shares it is a rare occasion when a flag cannot be officially retired.
The remainder of the flags will be retired during a separate ceremony in the upcoming weeks allowing for the time needed to appropriately honor the symbol of America.