For the City Times
A new partnership has been formed between Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and nonprofit organization Renewed Liberty to honor deceased area veterans in a very unique and special way.
Renewed Liberty has a simple Mission: To provide, free of charge, a new US flag to homes that are flying a faded or tattered flag so it may be properly retired. Through this partnership, Renewed Liberty will provide Herman-Taylor with retired US flags. The flags will be properly folded and placed with US Military veterans entrusted to Herman-Taylor’s care for cremation.
This will ensure that “Old Glory” is disposed of properly and that each veteran who is entrusted to Herman-Taylor’s care for cremation is done so with a Red, White, and Blue tribute. Per the US Flag Code, Section 176: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Justin and Roxanne Herman, Funeral Directors and Owners of the funeral home had this to say “We are very excited about this partnership with Renewed Liberty. We are always looking for unique ways to honor loved ones entrusted to our care. This is a very special way to honor a veteran who chooses cremation.”
Ben Holberg, Founder and Organizer of Renewed Liberty, was excited to be contacted by Justin Herman for this new partnership.
“Our US Flag represents America, the greatest nation on Earth,” said Holberg. “This will ensure that flags that have served their Nation will be retired alongside a veteran that fought to defend the rights and freedoms that we enjoy every day.”
Roxanne Herman, a veteran herself, served six years in the Army National Guard 32nd Military Police Company.
“Too often today we see people mishandling and disrespecting the flag”, said Herman. “This is a very special way to honor a veteran who chooses cremation.”.
Renewed Liberty also installs US flagpoles on Central Wisconsin Military famillies’ homes. To date, Renewed Liberty has helped retire 62 faded and tattered flags, and installed 44 flagpoles on Military families’ homes. For more information on Renewed Liberty, or to donate, visit RenewedLiberty.org, or Facebook.com/RenewedLiberty.
If you would like to donate a retired US flag, it may be dropped off at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, located at 2201 Chestnut St. in Wisconsin Rapids.