As Chuck Caldwell, Commander, VFW Post 7385 read a history of the U.S. Flag, children from local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops held the cloth of a flag that would be ceremonially disposed of by the Mesquite Fire Department. Parents and veterans gathered at the Mesquite Veterans Center on Saturday, Nov. 19 to watch the flag burning ceremony.
Dozens of used and unserviceable flags laid ready for the fire, the only proper way to lay them to rest.
Captain William Martinez, Mesquite Fire Department, first cut the blue field from the flag. Then, as the scouts continued to hold the remaining part, Martinez cut the red and white stripes off, one by one. Each remnant pile was burned separately as tradition dictates.
As the ceremony ended, the scouts and audience members pulled a flag from the pile and presented it to Mesquite firefighters to lay on the hot burning coals.
It was a fitting way for all ages to continue the respect and honor due the U.S. flag.