Hands over our hearts, we pledged allegiance to our flag. The bright blue sky blurred as my eyes filled with tears. My thoughts were with our deployed soldiers past and present. When taps were played, I offered prayers for our beautiful country and what we value. On Saturday, August 29, we attended a flag retirement ceremony on the square in Bedford, Ohio. Led by Ernie Walker, scout master and Boy Scout Troop 447, American flags were retired by cutting them star by star and stripe by stripe. When an American Flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display it is destroyed in a dignified manner by burning and then burying the ashes. The ashes from the retired flags will be interred at Bedford Cemetery. God bless America.