The first ever Central Texas AMVETS Post 115 Flag Retirement Ceremony was, by all acounts, an amazingly successful event. AMVETS Post 115 hosted the event on Saturday February 22nd, 2014 behind Post Headquarters in Kyle, Texas.
The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast at 9am, followed by a plaque presentation to AMVETS Post 115 by Eagle Scout Joshua Waylon Hamill and then a dedication of his AMVETS memorial garden flower boxes. Flag Historian John Knox taught a brief class on the history of Old Glory, starting with the first known flag in history and following it's evolution into the American Flag as it is today.
After the class, AMVETS Post 115 Commander Dave Lyle narrated the Old Glory Retirement Ceremony while 20+ participants, including members of Boy Scout Troop 125, Cub Scout Pack 2951, Frontier Girls Troop 205, local Girl Scouts, the Kyle Fire Department, along with members of the audience held Old Glory in place. Each stripe was ceremoniously removed one at a time and retired into a firepit. After the grommets were removed and the remaining stars were retired, the AMVETS hosted a potluck lunch while a few post members and members of the Kyle Fire Department worked to retire, one flag at a time, 3 boxes full of Amercian Flags collected from all over Central Texas.