In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 (this year falling on a Sunday).

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. The day might not receive the accolades or attention similar dates do, but as usual, Missoula's American Legion steps up to honor its significance. And you are invited to be a part of the ceremony.

This coming Sunday, June 14 is flag day when our nation honors the symbol of our nation. In Missoula veterans and their supporters gather at the American Legion Post 27 Open Field, just north of Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery on Tower Street for a retirement of tattered, torn, and faded American flags, starting at 4 p.m.

A brief ceremony will take place with a presentation of the history of the American flag.  Veterans from Ravalli and Missoula counties will lower the tattered flags into a ceremonial flame. Following the lowering of 300 to 500 flags.

Do you have a flag you would like to dispose of properly? If you have a tattered, torn or faded American flag, POW-MIA flag or Montana flag that needs to be properly retired, please bring it to the ceremony or drop it off at Missoula Textile on Russell Street or downtown Missoula, or bring flags to American Legion Post 27, 845 Ronan Street in Missoula.

If you have any questions about the event, you can contact the event coordinator, Susan Campbell Reneau, at 719-661-4037. While the area code is out of state, Susan is a long-time Missoula gal.  You can also email her, bluemountain@montana.com.