Concord's Flag Retirement Ceremony
We look forward to your participation in this uniquely Concord event that was established in 1965 by James Carroll, Francis McDonald, Bernard Rushe, Thomas Tombeno and Clark McClevin, who felt that the many cemetery flags, which were torn and faded from being left in place through the fall and winter months, honored neither our nation's colors nor our departed veterans. It was decided that each year, on Veteran's Day, the worn flags would be collected by the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee and retired in an appropriate manner.
This year, the Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at 2PM on Sunday, November 11. The small parade will assemble at Prichard Gate of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on Bedford Street near Partridge Lane. The change in time to later in the day will enable the ceremony to be celebrated traditionally, but will not conflict with faith observances.
Citizens are invited to attend and are encouraged to participate in the ceremony. If you have American flags of any size that are old and tattered, please bring them to be respectfully retired. If you don't, come anyway and help retire the many hundreds of flags that Girl and Boy Scouts have prepared and the many hundred more that flew at the graves of Concord Veterans through the past year.