FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - You could hear the love in the voices of the people at the flag retirement ceremony at the Veteran's National Memorial Shrine and Museum Friday afternoon.
"To me it represents our freedom and what my dad fought for," said Kassandra Griffin.
When Paul Allen, a US Army Vet, was asked what the flag means to him, he said "It represents our country. How far we’ve come. the 13 stripes, the one start for each state."
"The flag means everything to me," said Terry Hudson, another US Army veteran on hand.
The way they spoke of flag, the way they honored it. Showing respect.
Burning the flag is the way it’s done says Allen, who's also the Public Relations Director of the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum.
"It’s a sign of respect when you burn it the proper way. Again, the boy scouts and girl scouts that were out here today gained a lot of knowledge and respect for what the flag means," Allen said.
Local Boy Scouts laid each flag, one-by-one over a fire. Griffin's family watched on as old glory withered away, hoping her son takes in the meaning.
Griffin said "I think it’s important for him to see how to honor his nation."
The day was also about honoring the United States Army, something that isn't lost on Hudson.
Hudson said "We worked and hoped that these young people are understanding the sacrifices that men have made over the decades and centuries of this country…”
June 14th, more than just a day to remember U.S. history, but a call to action.
"Respect it, honor it," Allen said.
To find more information about the Veteran's National Memorial Shrine and Museum, click here.