NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Torn and tattered flags will be retired Thursday at the annual Flag Day retirement ceremony in Newfield.

The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of Newfield are hosting the event at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newfield Town Hall.

Thursday is Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777. The day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

The U.S. Flag Code states that when a flag is in “such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

If anyone has flags that are old, worn and not fit for display, a Scout will properly retire them at the ceremony. People can bring them to the ceremony or drop them off prior at Newfield Town Hall.

Anyone with additional questions can contact Mike McLaughlin at 607-227-6766.

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