Flag Burning Ceremony

It's the Naval Fleet Association's Annual Flag Burning Ceremony in Panama City Beach.

13-year-old Timothy Jansen is up early on a Saturday helping to tear an old-flag.

It's his first time helping out as a Bay Scout with the Fleet Reserve Association's Annual Flag Burning Ceremony.

Timothy Jansen, a Boy Scout, "it makes me feel happy because I get to help out some and learn what branch of service they were in and how long the military they were in."

The ceremony has been going on for more than 30 years.

The burning flags represent those who have served in the armed forces.

It's also a proper way to retire the red, white, and blue. Something that hits home for many.

Kermit Beaver, a veteran says, "it really means a lot to those that fought so hard for that flag. We love it."

"Well I'm a disabled vet and I spent 21 years in the military and anytime, you know, you come out to something like this that represents the flag. We participate in it." Says veteran Edward Stuart.

More than one-hundred old flags were donated from across Bay County for the ceremony.

It's a chance for both young and old to come together and see the importance of serving the country.

For Jansen, it's a day that reminds him of what he wants to do one day.

"I'm going to join the marines combat diving. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to join the military," he says.

The Fleet Reserve Association says this ceremony is open for any who have served in a branch of the military.


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