Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 15, 2013

Three generations present for flag retirement ceremony



A small crowd formed as the VFW members conducted the ceremony, which involved taking the flag from half-staff all the way to the top of the flag pole in the Metcalfe County courthouse yard before being lowered down the pole and removed.

Once the flag was down, Shawn and Timmy Hubbard II with Boy Scout Troop 747 in Glasgow, folded it. Shawn then presented the flag to his grandfather for inspection and later to VFW member Mike Peinsipp for fire detail.

Peinsipp then placed the flag in a barrel and set it on fire.

A new flag was raised and flown at half-staff.

The flag is flying at half-staff today because of the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan who were assigned to Fort Campbell,” Denzil said.

Flags were flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Huntington, Ark., and 2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., who died June 3, from wounds they suffered when their unit was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

After the ceremony, Veachel, Denzil and Shawn posed for a group photo.

Shawn plans to join the Kentucky National Guard in December. He will be 17. He made that decision, he said, because, “I feel like that's what God has called me to do.”

Shawn hopes to make the military his career and aspires to become a member of the military police.

I feel like I could do a really good job at it,” he said.

Denzil was glad three generations of his family could be present for Saturday's event.

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