The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America Southport Troop 238 held the 12th annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 6:00 PM on July 4th at the BB &T flag pole, at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets in Southport, NC.
According to U.S. Flag Code, flags in poor condition should be retired in a dignified way, preferably by separating the stripes and the stars in the field of blue, prior to burning. Members of the Boy Scout Troop demonstrated the proper procedure of retiring a flag.
Local residents my leave their flags at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 4841 Long Beach Road, Southport or the V.F.W. Post 104900, 103 SE 50th Street, Oak Island for proper disposal.
Hugh Nobles, Troop 238 scout leader, a physical therapist at Dosher Hospital and a veteran presided over the ceremony.
The guest speaker was Richard Roman, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He served in the Marine Corp for five years and has resided in Brunswick County since 1997. Roman has had a variety of careers, but his underwater welding experience brought him and his family to this area. Roman interpreted the meaning of "Old Glory" at the Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Britton Campbell and Melanie Tewell sang the National Anthem.
DAR members Barbara Carrico, Anne Newton, and Elsie Hinkhouse teamed up in the planning, coordinating and presentation of the ceremony. The flag retirement was held after the Naturalization Ceremony. There were 125 U.S. citizens from fifty countries represented at the annual ceremony. The reception for the new citizens was given by the Brunswick Town Chapter of the DAR.