Last night, a Flag Retirement Ceremony was performed by the Boy Scouts #305 Troop 5 at the West Texas VA in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. Due to the weather, the ceremony was held in doors but it held just as much of an impact on those in attendance.
One stripe at a time the 5ft x 8ft flag was stripped away until all that was left was a field of blue. Each stripe was given to a veteran to ceremoniously place in the fire pit and was followed by a salute.
Akisha Woods, Volunteer Services Coordinator at the West Texas VA and a 16 year veteran of the United States Air Force, was one of the veterans in attendance at the ceremony.
I think the flag just brings up so many emotions to those of us who have served,” says Woods. “We think back to our battle buddies, colleagues, and people that we’ve met along the journey. It just hits you right in the heart. It brings it full circle and you realize exactly why you signed up to serve for your country.”