Fruth Collects 600 Flags for Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 28th, 2017 by Robert Clark

Ed Cromley of the Sons of the American Revolution presents Mary Harris, of Fruth Pharmacy, a certificate of appreciation during the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony held at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant, WV.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (June 15, 2017) – On June 14th at 6:14 p.m. (Flag Day), the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, held a Flag Retirement Ceremony and invited the public to attend. Fruth Pharmacy helped collect over 600 flags for retirement.

Flags came in from all over Ohio and West Virginia for the ceremony. Some of the flags had letters enclosed describing the importance of the flag to their family and loved ones. One flag with a letter
came from Columbus, Ohio. The letter enclosed stated that the flag was given to her due to her father’s military service. The author of the letter was unsure what to do with the flag when it became worn and needed to be replaced. She was very grateful for the Sons of the American Revolution retiring it properly.

Flags are retired properly in a flag retirement ceremony. The flag is given dignity and respect. U.S. Flag Code (Section 176) requires that a worn or torn flag is burned to complete ashes.
Jack Coles, Sons of the American Revolution, oversees the cannon during the Flag Retirement Ceremony held at Fort Randolph on Flag Day.
“It was an awesome experience,” stated Mary Harris, Fruth Pharmacy representative. “My family served and knows the importance the flag holds. I found the ceremony to be a respectful and emotional time. I am glad for the opportunity to have attended.”

Many of Mary’s family served in the U.S. forces. Mary had a relative that was missing in action during the Vietnam War. His body was finally recovered a few years ago and laid to rest with other family members.

If you would like to have your flag retired properly or want to learn more about membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, please contact the current local chapter president, Ed Cromley at ed_cromely@hotmail.com.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company and serves local communities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy celebrates 65 years of serving customers in 2017.


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