Fort Hawkins celebrates Flag Day with flag retirement

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The American flag rose high above Fort Hawkins Saturday–but it wasn’t the one you’re thinking of.

In celebration of the 200-year anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, the fort flew the 15-star, 15-stripe flag–the one the U.S. used in the War of 1812.

Marty Willett, along with a few other attendees, sang The National Anthem and retired more than 100 American flags.

“The US Flag Code has a simple, one sentence way of properly disposing of American flags,” said Willett. “It simply says when they get worn or torn, they should be disposed of in a dignified way–preferably by burning.”

They sang The National Anthem along with a livecast of the 200-year anniversary celebration in Washington D.C.

This is the fourth year Fort Hawkins has retired flags on Flag Day.

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