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Retire Your Flags At Fort Ontario on Flag Day

OSWEGO –  On Flag Day, June 14, from noon to 4:30 p.m., the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Oswego Lodge #271, will host a free U.S. Flag retirement program outside the entrance of Old Fort Ontario.

Retire your flag at Fort Ontario on Flag Day. 1890 photograph of the Post Headquarters at Fort Ontario with the U.S. flag flying on the ship’s-mast style pole on the bastion behind it. (Photo courtesy Fort Ontario State Historic Site.)
Retire your flag at Fort Ontario on Flag Day. 1890 photograph of the Post Headquarters at Fort Ontario with the U.S. flag flying on the ship’s-mast style pole on the bastion behind it. (Photo courtesy Fort Ontario State Historic Site.)

The public is cordially invited to turn in their worn out flags for proper retirement by members of the Oswego Elks.

Lecturing Knight Nelson Metz and other members of the Oswego Elks will be on hand to conduct the flag retirement and distribute information on the proper daily care and disposal of the colors.

The old fort will be open for tours from noon to 4:30 p.m.; regular admission will be charged.

Fort Ontario was the site of two battles during the French and Indian War, two battles during the War of 1812 and was the objective of the last Continental Army campaign of the Revolutionary War.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.

For more information contact Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711.