(L-R) Eddie Neas, Tom Miller, Dave Katz and Bob Dante
The annual flag burning took place on June 14th at 7:30 in the evening. After several small patriotic speeches and stories, several songs and the Pledge of Allegiance, the Whippany Fire Department set fire to the two large piles of American flags.
There were about 150 people there to observe the ceremony including Cub Souts, Boy Scouts, Firemen and Whipping residents as well as members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Slattery Detachment.
Representing the Slattery detachment were 5 members, Commandant Eddie Neas, Dave Katz, Tony Oszmianski, Bob Dante and Tom Miller. Also in the Slattery group were Eddie Neas' wife, Linda and Bob Dantes' wife, Linda as well as Jimmy Heiens' lady friend, Iris.
Through out the year, flags that are no longer fit for service are placed in bins in a small building at the Legion. There were small 6” x 4” ones to large 20’ x 12’ ones from a local car dealer. Approximately 1000 flags were on the pile before it was ignited. The flags burned were torn, frayed or soiled and anyone could bring them to be properly disposed of any time.
After the fire was set and burned at a good pace the American Legion hosted a nice layout of refreshments consisting of hot dogs, chips, birch beer, water and beer.
The firemen hung around to make sure things didn't get out of control and set the place on fire. They also helped us to indulge in a few beers. We were all done by 9pm. It was a nice gathering with good people.