City of Cedartown retiring five US flags in official ceremony

Five American flags will be retired in an official ceremony at City Hall on July 11. The ceremony will take place immediately following the City Commission Meeting which is called to order at 6 p.m.

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome is organizing the retirement which will include the ceremonial burning of the flags. “In accordance with the US Flag Code, when a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning,” Newsome said. “These flags have reached their end of service and are ready to be borne to their final salute.”

Newsome will be assisted in the retirement of the flags by retired US Air Force Colonel and Cedartown Commission Chairman Larry Odom; Joyce Moss, wife of the late W.M. Moss, who once served as the Cedartown Chief of Police; L.T. Lankford, retired Cedartown Police Chief Captain; Kenneth Roberts, retired Cedartown Fire Chief and Jimmy Newsome, retired Cedartown Assistant Police Chief. Rising Cedartown High School senior Dalton Myers will sound taps during the ceremony.

Newsome encourages the public to attend and estimates the ceremony will begin around 6:30 p.m. The event will be conducted in the greenspace between City Hall and the Cedartown Police Department.