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By PAUL SIMS
When a flag no longer holds its intended colors, or is tattered, and basically worn out, thereâ€™s a proper way to retire it.
Mississippi State University Student Veterans Association members plan a formal flag retirement ceremony at dark March 21 in the North Farm Rose Garden, said MSU SVA president Lewis Howard, a junior aerospace engineering major from Meridian. The Rose Garden is located off Highway 182.
MSU SVA vice president Lindsay Bullock is a biochemistry graduate student from Ripley who also works part-time on weekends at Tupelo Buffalo Park. A barbeque will proceed the ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Staff there had some flags for about two years didnâ€™t know what to do with them.
So she asked Brittany Wilemon, a senior biochemistry major from Belmont and the SVAâ€™s outreach coordinator, if the SVA knew of anyone who took care of flags in need of retirement.
â€śWe researched it,â€ť found out how it works and decided to hold their own ceremony, Bullock said.
The public can participate two ways.
They can drop off retirement-condition flags at the G.V. â€śSonnyâ€ť Montgomery Center for Americaâ€™s Veterans on the MSU campus at 126 McGruder St. The other way is to bring a flag to the ceremony.
Organizers will accept any official flag in need of retirement. This includes such flags as those for the U.S., states, POW-MIA and military branches.
One flag will be burned ceremonially, then others will be added to the fire, Bullock said.
For directions to the center, call the Center for Americaâ€™s Veterans at 325-6719. For information on the ceremony, call Lewis Howard at (601) 595-1044.