Today is Flag Day and the Museum of Military History will be celebrating and honoring this special day by hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, June 15th starting at 12:00 PM.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The date was officially established in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag day, and was established by Congress as National Flag Day by an Act of Congress in August 1946.

Proper etiquette and guidelines for the disposal of an American flag that has become too tattered for display, states that the flag should be destroyed in a dignified manner. Burning the flag after a proper retirement ceremony is the preferred method to dispose of a flag. One ceremonial flag will be disposed of during the Museum of Military History’s Flag Retirement Ceremony.

According to the Museum of Military History, if you have a flag that needs to be disposed of properly, you can bring it to the museum. Flags to be disposed of can be dropped off at the museum any time, not just on Saturday. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity for younger generations to witness the retirement ceremony and for everyone to show respect to the flag.

The Museum of Military History is located at 5210 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Come celebrate and honor the adoption of the American Flag.