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Vietnam veteran Larry Peterson of Zumbrota lifts the first flag to be burned while VFW member Howie Ayen (center) says a prayer. VFW veteran Harlan Redfield also helped with this year’s flag retirement ceremony, held on Flag Day. (Photo by Sandy Hadler, contributor)

Flag Day salute

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By Sandy Hadler, contributor

ZUMBROTA — A small crowd of people gathered behind Zumbrota’s Stary-Yerka Post 5727 VFW hall Saturday morning to watch as old, tattered and faded flags were retired from use.

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The event occurs annually in Zumbrota on the Saturday closest to Flag Day. This year the ceremony was held June 14, the day in 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson declared as Flag Day. It was not until August 1949 that Flag Day was officially designated by Congress.

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