Flag Day in Rutherford
Updated: Jun 16
By Jennifer Ersalesi
Photo credits: Stephanie McGowan and Charles Binder
On Sunday, June 14th, Rutherford held a Flag Day Ceremony outside Borough Hall. Mayor Frank Nunziato welcomed everyone and thanked Councilman Ray Guzman and Councilwoman Stephanie McGowan for coordinating the event. Exalted Ruler, Donna Hild, of the Rutherford Elks was the Master of Ceremonies and conducted the Flag Day service. Two other Elk members, Robert Havel and John Heflich (both retired from military service) folded the flag. Richard Tabachuk, Past State President of the Elks, also participated in the ceremony. Rutherford Scouts from Troop 166 and Pack 168 held flags spanning the history of the American flag. Ann Mery sang “God Bless America” and Robert Hansen, from the Rutherford Veterans Alliance, spoke about Americanism.
Councilwoman Stephanie McGowan explained, “This was a wonderful ceremony honoring Flag Day. The sun was shining bright, everyone socially distanced, and we were able to honor the history of the flag together. Thanks to the Rutherford Elks, Veterans Alliance, all of the Scouts, and the Mayor and Council members who participated.”
Rutherford Boy Scout Troop 166 participated in the Annual American Legion Post 109 Flag Day Retirement Ceremony during the evening of Sunday, June 14th. Over 500 flags were retired in a respectful manner. A large 48-star flag was folded and retired at the end of the evening. This ceremony is solemn and assures the dignified disposal of unserviceable flags. The burning of flags that can no longer be used is a way to pay respect to the flag and ensure a final tribute.