by Eric Woods
News Director, TownTalk News

When the Terry County Commissioners met on Monday, one of the first items to be heard was a request by Don McWhorter to hold an American Flag retirement ceremony May 30 at the Brownfield Boys and Girls Club.

May 30 is Memorial Day.

McWhorter said members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion were planning the ceremony to retire about 20 American flags that are now tattered, and in need of disposal. Retiring flag ceremonies are done when they become torn, worn, faded or badly soiled and is done by burning it. The flag is burned and given the proper respect.

And while 20 are being retired, McWhorter said there are still about 300 in need of being disposed of.

“We let them understand what we are doing, and why we are doing it, and how we destroy the tattered flags,” said McWhorter.

He said they also intend on having another ceremony later, which will involve Brownfield High School students.

McWhorter said he was requesting permission from Commissioners to hold the ceremony, and also said the Brownfield Fire Department would be on hand to assist. Also on hand will be the Brownfield Police Department Color Guard.

“We never know what the weather is gong to be,” he said. “If it’s a real windy day like yesterday, then we won’t light a fire.”

Commissioner Mike Swain made the motion to offer permission, with John Franks making the second to the motion. The item unanimously passed.

The next item on the agenda was to discuss the sale of fireworks for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The Commissioners decided to allow the sale of fireworks starting May 25 and to continue through midnight May 30. They did, however, prohibit the sale of skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins.

Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Zach Bradshaw also addressed commissioners about building a permanent trap and skeet range on Terry County property. Commissioners couldn’t take action, as the item was not on the agenda.