On June 14, the town of Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission and the Darien Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars welcomed community members at their annual Flag Day observance at Town Hall's Veterans' Memorial Circle.

Many in attendance brought old flags to be "retired and destroyed with respectful and honorable rites," the town of Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission program stated.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts gave helping hands during the ceremony, folding Town Hall's old flag 13 times; the flag-folding ceremony was the same as the one used at the Air Force Academy. When completely folded and tucked in, the flag took on the appearance of a cocked hat, meant to remind Americans of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones, as well as the armed forces of the United States.

The large group that gathered around the memorial circle joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

As the new flag was raised, attendees were asked to think of one person who has served this nation, living or dead, and to share that person's story with someone on their way home.

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"It's a great ceremony; I think it is one that is not well publicized, but it is important for everyone to see their flag and remember what it's all about," U.S. Navy Capt. Sueann Shorr said following the ceremony.

Mac McDonough is a freelance writer.