Jenkins VFW retires flags on Veterans Day

District senior vice commander oversees event

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Dan Erickson with the Jenkins VFW gently lowers a battered and weathered flag into a brazier to properly retire it at the Jenkins VFW flag retirement ceremony on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
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JENKINS — Jenkins VFW club members braved the cold Friday, Nov. 11, to perform a flag retirement ceremony during their Veterans Day ceremony.

With a small turnout, the event consisted of a formal process for properly retiring dozens of flags into a lit half-barrel style brazier after saluting the flag one last time. Taps was played to conclude the event.

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Veterans share a salute over a worn flag about to be retired during the Jenkins VFW Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Sixth District Senior Vice Commander Don Lohse oversaw the event to ensure procedure was followed to a T.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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