SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -- Typically the burning of something is meant to completely remove it.
Saturday, fire was a symbol of liberation.
"This retires flags that are no longer serviceable, it honors the flags where they have flown," said Post 307 Commander John Ludwick.
The ceremony proved important for South Sioux City personnel because of what it takes for one of their own flags to get to the point of retirement.
"These flags have served, not only here at home, but overseas, and wherever this flag goes, it gives people hope. So that's why we honor the flags here today and retire them properly," said Ludwick.
Even though the flags are physically destroyed, area veterans and service men and women continue to honor each of them.
"The flag still stands. It's still holds a special place, or it should have, in every American's heart. Because it is liberty, not just freedom, not just democracy, but liberty," said Ludwick.
Once the flags had been completely burned, the ashes were collected, buried at the Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City, and commemorated with a plaque.