BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – North Metro Fire and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum came together Saturday for an annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.

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Organizers also invited winners of an essay contest entitled “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Those winners then read their works out loud in front of spectators.

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The ceremony is meant to give the public a chance to bring all their old flags and learn how to properly retire them with honor.

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“For both my sons we try to do various community service projects. Teach them they can give in other ways than just financially, and it gave us a chance to talk with a couple of veterans and thank them for their service,” Christal Vollmar said.

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The ceremony was held at North Metro Fire Station 61 and included a police and fire honor guard and a hot dog cookout.