Smoke billowed into the sky above American Legion Post 960 in Levittown Friday evening as observers looked on in reverence for Flag Day.
“Comrade First Commander, I present these unserviceable flags for your inspection,” one member began. He and Commander Ed Sabol continued with the ceremonious proceedings as outlined by the American Legion.
Scout Victor Sorace with Troop 168 read from a text known by many names; with an unknown author, some call it “Old Glory,” while to others it is known as “The Flag.”
“Hello, Remember Me? Some people call me Old Glory; others call me The Star Spangled Banner. Whatever name you call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America,” Sorace read. He continued until the end. “So, when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart. I’ll salute you by waving back. And I’ll know that you remembered.”
From there, another member handed strips of a flag to each person in attendance for burning. Everyone placed his or her strip over a metal bar, then lowered them into a fire pit.
“It’s imperative to remember flag day,” Sabol explained passionately after the ceremony. “Because, as young scout said, the flag represents our country, and our country really is unified under the flag. If you think back to after 9/11, there were flags everywhere, you couldn’t even buy a flag. So, it’s very important to remember that flag represents our country and our people.”