A ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags as outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937 was conducted in Ely on July 11, 2015. The ceremony was overseen by members of Ely American Legion Post 555 and was joined by members of the Cedar Rapids Knights of Columbus and the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.
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Scott Droessler outlines the rules and process for the retirement of flags.
Legionnaires Ed Mertins and Bob Jacobs along with members of the Knights of Columbus and the Ely Fire Department stand at attention during the ceremony.
Post commander Marv Peters and Scott Droessler oversee retirement of the first flag.
Over 100 unserviceable flags were retired.
Legionnaires Bob Jacobs and Tom Vavra watch as Ely firefighter Ed Vavra honorably retires the flags.
The flag disposal ceremony which was scheduled for 14 June has been rescheduled for 11 July at 5:00 PM at the Ely Fire Department grounds.
LINN COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION
FLAG DISPOSAL CEREMONY
Hosted by the St Quentin Post 555
of the American Legion
Ceremony Time and Location
June 14th 2015, 6:00 P.M. at City Park
1635 Hillside Street, Ely, Iowa
1 hour prior to the ceremony at the park OR June 13th 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Ely American Legion Building located at
1545 Main Street, Ely, Iowa
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled. Check our website for updates.
Memorial Day Service was held on May 25 at 11:00 am at Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.
CSM Lowell Tiedt discussed the sacrifices Iowans have made in the nation’s wars in his well received address.