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U.S. Navy veteran Rodney Winslow throws an American flag on fire Monday during a flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Members of Post 112 burned torn flags and the 360 ​​flags that were placed on each veteran’s grave located in all 19 Oxford cemeteries. Oxford National Guard veteran Ed Young is at right. Burning a flag is the only proper way to get rid of an American flag, said Post Commander Howie Munday, in the far left background. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

John Crumpton is wrapping a torn American flag that was due to be removed in Oxford on Monday. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

From left to right, veterans Ed Young, John Crumpton, Howie Munday and Bob Spencer take the pledge of allegiance during the flag removal ceremony Monday at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

John Crumpton, 97, of Oxford was in his last year of high school when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Crumpton wanted to enlist in the US Navy at that time, but his father got him first graduated from high school. Crumpton continued to serve in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

A flag removal ceremony took place at the Anderson Staples American Legion Post 112 in Oxford on Monday. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

The only proper way to remove an American flag is to burn it, said American Legion Post 112 Commander Howie Munday. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

Commander Howie Munday of Oxford, center, speaks with 86-year-old National Guard veteran Ed Young of Oxford outside American Legion Post 112 in Oxford on Monday. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

Veterans John Crumpton, left, Ed Young and Howie Munday take part in the flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford on Monday. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

Veterans John Crumpton, left, Rodney Winslow and Ed Young, all of Oxford, folded an American flag on Monday during a flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

The American flags were withdrawn Monday in a ceremony at the American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Bob Spencer of Poland, along with other veterans, placed 360 American flags at the graves of veterans in Oxford ahead of Memorial Day. The flags were removed after Veterans Day and burned. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

US Navy veteran Bob Spencer of Poland, right, handles the fire Monday during a flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Members of Post 112 burned torn flags and the 360 ​​flags that were placed on each veteran’s grave located in all 19 Oxford cemeteries. Burning a flag is the only proper way to get rid of an American flag, Post Commander Howie Munday said, without a photo. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

Commander Howie Munday of Oxford on Monday took a tattered American flag from a man who dropped it off for retirement at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

Veterans John Crumpton, 97, and Ed Young, 86, fold an American flag on Monday during a flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun

An American flag fell into the fire on Monday during a flag removal ceremony at American Legion Post 112 in Oxford. Daryn Slover / Journal of the Sun


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