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Renton's American Legion Post No. 19 to properly burn flags on Saturday

The American Legion Fred Hancock Post No. 19 of Renton will properly dispose of nearly 200 American flags Saturday, in honor of Flag Day Sunday.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony, at 2 p.m. at the Renton post, 3224 N.E. 12th St.

The public is also welcome to bring any old, used American flags to the post from noon-2 p.m. Saturday for disposal in the day's ceremony.

A Renton Boy Scout troop will help the American Legion members dispose of the flags by draping each flag over a long pole, spraying it with kerosene and then burning each flag in a 55-gallon drum.

The City of Renton Fire Department and Emergency Services will supervise the ceremony.

This is the third consecutive year that the Renton American Legion post has held the Flag Day ceremony.

"The American flag is supposed to be kept in reverence," says Ted Taylor, incoming Post No. 19 commander. "It's not to be thrown in the trash or non-discreetly burned. To be properly disposed of, it really should be given to a veteran's organization."

For more information, or to donate used American flags for proper disposal, call Taylor at 425-228-3764.

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