Thank you to the outpouring of residents who brought in old, used and tattered American flags to our June 13 flag collection events in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.
Literally, more than 200 flags were collected at these two events, making these among the most successful events of this kind in the state.
Allow me to thank personally the officers and members of the veterans’ groups in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook who helped organize and carry out the collection events.
Thanks also to the Acton Library in Old Saybrook and the Old Lyme Fire Station in Old Lyme for allowing us to use their facilities as collection points.
Especially around Flag Day, June 14, we expected people would be interested in disposing of old flags which are no longer serviceable and displaying new flags. But we never anticipated the large number of patriotic residents on both sides of the Connecticut River that would take advantage of this opportunity to properly retire old flags.
Flags collected that day will be delivered to the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards, a unit of the state’s organized militia under the Connecticut National Guard, for proper disposal at their headquarters in Avon.
Thanks again to all who participated.