Worn and tattered flags were ceremoniously retired at the June 14 Flag Day celebration at Oakhurst Lutheran Church. The event drew a crowd of more than 100. Preceding the event, pulled pork sandwiches were sold as a fundraiser for the local Semper Fi.
A patriotic sing-along was followed by a Flag Day address by Kaci Lutz, Public Affairs Officer for the Oakhurst California Highway Patrol Office.
She shared what the American flag has meant to her from one of her first memories of the flag on a box of Wheaties featuring gymnast Mary Lou Retton to transporting the flag-draped coffins of soldiers who gave their lives for our country.
Lutz served in the United States Army National Guard as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot and was deployed to the Middle East-Tikrit, Iraq for 15 months and later to the Middle East for a 12-month deployment.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.