A tattered old flag, ripped beyond repair, flies over Nord Middle School no longer.
It was removed Nov. 7 by members of the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard and will be retired by fire in a Boy Scouts ceremony.
During an outside assembly for middle-schoolers, the veterans were careful not to let the old weather-worn flag touch the ground, which would have been disrespectful and a violation of the U.S. Flag Code.
Honor guard members Jack McNaughton and John Sekletar raised a new flag to the top of the pole at the Lincoln Street school.
They also demonstrated for students how the flag is folded and answered questions about the Stars and Stripes.
For example: Why are there red and white stripes? Is it OK to burn the flag? And how old is the flag anyway?
VFW Post 1662 donated $1,000 to the Nord PTO to provide the new flag and updated hardware, as well as to paint a flag decal in the school’s gymnasium.