American Legion Post 31 and the American Legion Family (Auxiliary, Sons and Riders) were especially busy in the days leading up to Memorial Day. The activity kicked off on May 24, 2023, when American Legion Post 31 Commander, Tom Jenkins; Legion, Auxiliary and Riders member, Cliff Shingleton; and Auxiliary member Parry Jenkins participated in a flag retirement at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. The American Flags lining the entrance drive to the hospital were all replaced by volunteers from various organizations.
On May 25, 2023, Legionnaires and Auxiliary members participated in a Flag Retirement Service conducted by Boy Scout Troop 59 at the Clay District Veterans Memorial. The purpose of an American Flag Retirement is to respectfully dispose, by burning, of flags that are damaged by normal wear and tear or are old. Post 31 Legion members in attendance were Tom Jenkins, Jason Dingledien, Joe Skelly, Tom Lewis; Unit 31 Auxiliary members, Parry Jenkins and Andrea Skelly; and Post 31, Auxiliary Unit 31 and Legion Rider members Cliff Shingleton and Robin Shingleton.
The flag being lowered at the Clay District Veterans Memorial by Boy Scout Troop 59.