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Retire flags, enjoy spaghetti at Saturday event

First Posted: 6:45 am - June 12th, 2015

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RIDGEWAY — Break out your flags and your forks. Lake Wateree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8346 is raising funds and retiring flags for Flag Day.

VFW Post 8346 is collaborating Saturday with local AmVet Post 33 and American Legion Post 16 to host a Flag Retirement and Spaghetti Dinner VFW Fundraiser.

“It all came together around Flag Day,” said VFW Post 8346 Senior Vice Commander Kyle Brown, who was part of the event’s planning committee.

Brown said the organizations had worked together in the past to appropriately retire U.S. flags, but this year will be the first year a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be part of the day’s events.

“It’s the first time we’ve combined it with a fundraiser,” Brown said.

All funds raised will be used to help local organizations.

“It’s going to stay 100 percent local,” Brown said. “It’s going to help with facility improvement.”

The flag retirement ceremony begins at 5 p.m., and the spaghetti dinner begins at 6 p.m. The flag retirement ceremony is free to attend, while the spaghetti dinner costs $7.50 for people who are 8 or older. Beverages will be available for purchase at the canteen.

Brown said so far, several hundred flags have been collected for the retirement ceremony and more are welcome.

“If they show up the day of with flags, we can retire those,” Brown said.

However, he noted with such a large number of flags in need of appropriate retirement, special requests cannot be accommodated.

Brown said because of strong working relations with fraternal organizations, social organizations, Davis Place and Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, event organizers have doubled last year’s number of flags collected for retirement.

“We’ve had a lot of area support,” Brown said.

Brown said ticket pre-sales for the spaghetti dinner have been robust.

“We’re expecting a good event,” Brown said.

Although there is not yet an estimate for how many people will be in attendance, Brown said organizers are preparing to feed 200 people.

“We’re going to be prepared to feed 200 people, and we’d be thrilled to have to go to the store,” Brown said.

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