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Veterans burn retired flags on holiday

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- June 14th is Flag Day, celebrating the day the current stars and stripes was adopted by the second continental congress in 1777.

Monday several Marine veterans gathered at Swiss Valley Park in Dubuque to properly dispose of retired American flags.

The group collects old flags every year and burns them. This year they burned more than 700 flags.

After a proper ceremony the group burned each flag, one at a time, stripes to stars.

"The nice thing about it, over the last few years the respect for the flag has increased. Maybe it's because of the Iraqi war but its nice to see," Veteran Don Hildebrand said.

The group says people commonly mistake burning flags as disrespectful, but it's actually something you can do on your own -- as long as you burn it correctly.  Following Monday's ceremony the group buried the ashes.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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