Just how is Old Glory retired?


To answer that question and dispose of the tattered American flag that has graced the front of Building 6900, home of the campus Veterans Affairs Office on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo campus, Cuesta Veterans Club will host a flag retirement ceremony on Pearl Harbor Day — Friday, Dec. 7 — at 4 p.m. in front of the Veterans Affairs Office.

There is a specified military protocol associated with burning an American flag. The event is expected to last about an hour.

The first part of the ceremony will be held by the campus Vets Center. The second portion will occur at Rancho El Chorro Park, located across Highway 1 (at Hollister Road). Vets will cut the flag into sections before burning it.

Organizers Tommy Clack Jr., a 44-year-old Navy veteran who lives in San Luis Obispo, and Mike Sanchez, an Air Force vet, proposed the idea after people quizzed them about how a flag is retired. During the ceremony the flag is first folded with military precision, cut into pieces — the red and white stripes as well as the blue with a field of stars — and ultimately burned.


Jay Thompson | 805-546-3100 | jay_thompson@cuesta.edu