Guest column: Join us for Flag Day ceremony

By Greg Speers and Art Garrison

Naples

Freedom Memorial Task Force members

Join us for a flag retiring event on Thursday, Flag Day, in front of the Collier County Freedom Memorial.

The Collier County Veterans' Council in cooperation with the Collier County Freedom Memorial Task Force is hosting the ceremony from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Freedom Park is at the northeast corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Golden Gate Parkway.

We will be accepting worn and faded American flags from local citizens who would like to properly and honorably retire them in accordance with accepted U.S. flag custom and protocol.

Veterans, members of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters and local Boy Scout troops will be on hand to accept flags and assist with proper flag handling, including folding and incineration. The flags will be disposed of during an ongoing ceremony in a large steel drum utilizing a supervised, contained burning procedure with an engine from the Naples Fire Department on standby.

Temporary parking is available through the entrance near the learning center of Freedom Park with additional parking, if needed, provided by IberiaBank directly across from the event.

The Collier County Freedom Memorial is an ongoing project in its third phase of construction. Although on public property, the memorial is funded solely by private donations.

Contributions are from businesses and private citizens from all over the world.

The next phase is the application of the red, white, and blue granite cladding to complete the centerpiece of the memorial — a 13-by-40 foot American flag.

Future donations will be dedicated to the completion of this most important feature. It is already considered by many as a Naples/Collier County icon and when it's completed will be a world-class landmark to be venerated and enjoyed by generations of residents and visitors.

The Freedom Memorial's concept and design were an inspiration that was born of the countless acts of patriotism and heroism from the tragedy of 9/11. Its additional significance is to proudly honor, remember and acknowledge the sacrifices of our military men and women past and present, their families, and those who protect and serve daily in all areas of public safety.

Hope you can join us Thursday. Drop off your old flag and allow us to retire it properly with the respect and dignity it has unquestionably earned.

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