The Lloyd Grubbs American Legion Post #49 conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the legion hall on Green Avenue in Orange during Flag Day activities on June 14.

Mrs. Connie Velasquez, Air Force veteran and Service Officer for American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 in Orange receives a flag from Ms. Gail Walker, president of the Ladies Auxiliary at Post 49 during Flag Day ceremonies on June 14th held at the Legion Hall on Green Avenue in Orange.

These flags were brought to the American Legion by the public because the flags had become ripped and ragged, and needed to be retried with the proper respect.  They were received by David Lewis, an LCM middle school student and grandson of the Post’s Adjutant and Former Commander John Ochs.  Adjutant Ochs prepared the pyre for the ceremony.

In addition to the flag retirement ceremony, activities included a ceremony to honor the POWs and MIAs assisted by Jeffrey Collins, a member of the Sons of American Legion.  After the ceremonies, refreshments were served by the Ladies Auxiliary.