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A total of 204 flags were burned and given a proper disposal at Friday's ceremony. (Contributed) 1 / 3
Troop 426 Scoutmaster Brian Ramey and Assistant Scoutmaster Jerry Wiggins help Boy Scouts John Ramey, Spencer Wolbeck, Mitchel and Ethan Oeltjen place flags in the fire. (Contributed)2 / 3
Rob Matheny (left) and John Pallow show how to fold a U.S. flag during the Flag Day ceremony. Pallow also played Taps. (Contributed) 3 / 3

Tattered and torn flags were given a respectful disposal in Osakis on Flag Day, June 14.

During the Osakis VFW Post 7902 flag retirement ceremony, 145 U.S. flags were solemnly burned, along with five Minnesota flags, five Prisoners of War flags, one police flag and 48 grave or stick flags.

VFW Commander Lee Christopherson served as the master of ceremonies.

Members also showed the correct way to fold a U.S. flag.

Local Boy Scout Troop 426 carried the flags to the fire.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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