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United States flags receive respectful end

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The American Legion Post No. 28 holds its annual U.S. flag retirement ceremony Saturday at its post headquarters on North Montana Avenue. The group has been accepting worn or damaged U.S. flags for burning for about six years, says Jaime Fierro, past commander, seen in the center background. This year, more than 100 flags were brought to the ceremony for disposal. The event, which includes prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of Taps, typically occurs around Flag Day, which was June 14 this year. The first flag to be burned has one of its stripes, representing one of the original 13 U.S. colonies, cut by Chevelle Salazar. Holding the flag are Antonio Nunez, American Legion master, left, and Gary Hicks, an American Legion member.