The American Legion Thoma-Tuttle Post 52 in Boonville retired unserviceable flags in a ceremony Friday at the Veterans Memorial on High Street to celebrate Flag Day. The flags came from the Cooper County Courthouse, Boonville city buildings, and Boonville R-1 School District buildings, said Post Commander Jorge Vizcarralagos. Two flags were burned, and the flags made out of nylon were cut apart. The blue field and stars must be left intact when a flag is disassembled, Vizcarralagos said.
Founded in 1920, the Thoma-Tuttle post in Boonville is one of the oldest American Legion posts, said Vizcarralagos. The organization was founded in 1919. Anyone who has served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1990 through the present, along with previous wartime periods, can now join the American Legion. Anyone interested in joining the Boonville post should find them on Facebook or call 660-882-0024, said Vizcarralagos.