The two Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations, the Daniel D. Fernandez Post 9676 in Los Lunas, and the Chavez-Curran Post 2387 in Belen, hosted flag retirement ceremonies in honor in Flag Day, which was on Monday, June 14. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. On Aug. 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, the flag should be retired with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation’s flag. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag.

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Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.

Makayla Grijalva was born and raised in Las Cruces. She is a 2020 graduate of The University of New Mexico, where she studied multimedia journalism, political science and history. She covers the village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Schools, SODA and the town of Peralta.