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Retiring old flags

For Veterans Day this year, VFW Post #1943 and Boy Scout Troop 222 carried out a flag retirement ceremony which meant cutting up old flags and burning the pieces. Bailey Woodworth, 17, with Troop 222, places pieces in a burning cauldron. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

For Veterans Day this year, VFW Post #1943 and Boy Scout Troop 222 carried out a flag retirement ceremony which meant cutting up old flags and burning the pieces. Bailey Woodworth, 17, with Troop 222, places pieces in a burning cauldron. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

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For Veterans Day this year, VFW Post #1943 and Boy Scout Troop 222 carried out a flag retirement ceremony which meant cutting up old flags and burning the pieces. Bailey Woodworth, 17, with Troop 222, places pieces in a burning cauldron.

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  • bob edwards

    Militarism: The new State Religion in America, complete with its own rituals. Flags have now become “sacred.” Not even the pope does this stuff.

    • Dan Parker

      First, not everyone in the United States is Catholic. Second sir, if you did your research, you would discover there is a proper way of retiring the flag according to the flag code. The way we did it Monday showed honor and respect, not worship. Your vitriolic comments are protected under the Constitution, but do not warrant anything more.

  • Robert Piazza

    Bob
    UNBELIEVABLE!
    Your comment is disrespectful to veterans.
    It is a despicable comment and indicative of the political views you espouse.
    If it were not for the very military you ridicule you would not be able to voice your immature, misguided and hateful opinions!

    Why don’t you pick up your stuff and move to another country where you will feel more comfortable? I don’t want you changing this one.

    • bob edwards

      Bob –

      Good to see you’re still around; it’s been weeks since I’ve seen an exclamation point in print.

      FYI – I AM a veteran, as were my brother, cousins, uncles and father. Maybe you were, too.

      My comment was not disrespectful of my fellow veterans, who have sadly borne the high cost of the militarism that masquerades as patriotism & has continually led us into useless wars for the last 50 years. None were for “national defense,” as we haven’t been attacked by another nation since 1940 – before I was born. 9/11 was a terror attack by radical religious thugs who, for the price of some box cutters and 19 airiline tickets slipped past our trillion dollar defense establishment like knife through butter.

      Militarism has cost trillions in taxes, killed and maimed our youth and devastated their families, not to mention millions of innocents and families worldwide & crippled our economy.

      Through no fault of vets, ours has become a mercenary military, mostly protecting corporate profits, making us enemies around the globe and leading to 9/11 (a terror attack, not a ‘war’). With a military no match for ours, China is eating our lunch economically and “owns” our debt.

      Finally, I see you’ve upgraded your usual ‘get out of town!’ suggestion to ‘get out of the country!’ You’ve probably guessed I’ve no intention of moving & I wouldn’t want you to move either; I find your comments entertaining. In fact, if you’re laid to rest before me – which I hope is not for a long time – I’ll walk my dog by your resting place each morning so he can pay his respects, & let you know I’m still around.

  • Robert Piazza

    Bob Edwards

    Given your comment about the flag, it’s symbolism and it’s meaning to veterans, I feel you have abdicated your right to call yourself a veteran. There are other nouns or descriptive adjectives that could be used to describe what you are but veteran is not one of them.

    I served over 30 years in the military, including Vietnam and you are not a brother veteran in my book!!! (Triple exclamation just for you).

    Your comment about taking your dog for a “walk” over my grave is indicative of the low level of elf esteem your have for yourself.

    The Sonoma VFW Post meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at the vets building. Why don’t you come on down and tell the rest of the Sonoma vets what you think about their flag ceremony and your opinion of the flag? You talk a good game, can you walk one?