The Greater Plover Area Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1262 and Plover American Legion Post 543 are partnering with the village of Plover to conduct a flag retirement ceremony for a rare 20×38 garrison flag that was found by Iraqi War veteran, Al Tessmann, at the Portage County Solid Waste Transfer Facility the day after Memorial Day.
“A lot of men and women gave up their lives for our country,” Tessmann said. “To see that symbol of our nation in the dump was rough.”
“People are unaware of how to properly dispose of an American flag,” said Ray Gauthier, acting house chair of the Plover VFW. “Then there are some people that do know how but don’t want to take the time to jump in their cars to bring it over – I wish it wouldn’t happen but it does.”
The ceremony is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with a rain date of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the American Legion baseball field at Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located across the street from the village of Plover Municipal Building.
The public is invited to attend and should bring lawn chairs and battery-operated candles or flashlights.