By JEAN CARTER
A flag retirement held Wednesday, July 4, was dedicated to Pfc. Cody Moosman, who lost his life in Afghanistan.
Moosman was serving with the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., when he was killed. He was the son of Dennis and Mareen Moosman, Preston.
The flag retirement was under the direction of the Preston Elks Lodge; the Preston VFW and the Chapter 10 Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts and their leader, Cecil Lefevre.
A new flag was purchased in memory of Moosman and will hang at half-staff in Benson Park until his funeral, after which it will be presented to his mother. At that time a new flag will be raised at Benson Park.
VFW Preston Post Commander said to honor all servicemen and women who are serving their country yellow ribbons will be placed around various sites in Preston. Ralph West, of the Preston Elks Lodge, recited noted writings concerning the American Flag.
Some 114 flags were retired, placed over a burning fire and destroyed according to flag protocol. Members of the Order of the Arrow carried each flag to the fire.
The flag retirement is to destroy any American flag that is tattered or torn in a dignified and correct manner and is an on-going project for the Elks Lodge and the VFW.
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