The Green Mountain Chapter of DAR, the oldest chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Vermont, hosted a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Oct. 6 at the Vermont National Country Club. The ceremony was conducted by the Howard Plant Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 782. Chartered in June 1921, it is the oldest VFW Post in the state.
Representatives of VFW Post 782, Commander Michelle Caver, and Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Tullos provided insight into the meaning of each fold of a flag at the ceremony. The DAR members reflected on the significance of each of the 13 folds, which they describe as “representing country, family, and honor.”
According to the Green Mountain Chapter of DAR, the two flags being retired had flown outside members’ homes during significant holidays for years. The flags were faded and torn and in need of replacement. The VFW notes that in order for a flag to be disposed properly, it is first folded and then burned in a fire that is “fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.”
The Vermont DAR is a service organization open to any woman descended from an individual who aided the American cause for freedom during the American Revolution.
SOURCE: DAR Hosts Flag Retirement Ceremony