Buckeye American Legion Post 53 hosts flag ceremony

State Sen. Sine Kerr, center, meets with members of American Legion Post 53/Unit 53 auxiliary and VFW Post 12098/auxiliary members.

American Legion Post 53 in Buckeye held its flag retirement event, with the assistance of Troop 263. 

Built in March as part of local student Jack Warner’s Eagle project, the brick fire pit retired more than 100 flags at the ceremony. State Sen. Sine Kerr made welcome remarks and thanked those who have served in the military.  

The event featured a free ice cream social, a bakeoff hosted by the VFW Auxiliary 12098 from Buckeye, and Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley’s potato bake. The Valor Belles sold glow sticks and the National Guard provided an inflatable jousting pit.

Funds raised by the nonprofits will support their service projects. 

Those who have tattered flags to retire are welcome to drop them in a box made by Warner at Post 53.

Post 53 is home to a variety of public, family-friendly events and dinners throughout the year. For more information, call 623-327-0227 or message “American Legion Auxiliary Hazelton Butler” on Facebook. Post 53 is located at 402 E. Narramore Road in Buckeye.