Flag Retirement Program

“When it come to the time when I am old and faded, do not fly me in disrepair, rather retire me from my duties only to replace me with a new flag so that I may continue to symbolize our country.”

The flag of our nation should always be a strong, vivid symbol of our land and fly brightly in our minds.  Our flag is a symbol of our people, our freedom and our strength.

We have partnered with local Veteran’s groups to collect retired flags and cremate them in the most dignified manner, with a veteran.  This is done with honor as part of our commitment to the men and women who fought under the flag of our country.  YOU MAY DROP OFF RETIRED FLAGS AT ANY KAYS-PONGER & USELTON  OR LEMON BAY FUNERAL  HOME LOCATIONS OR GULF PINES MEMORIAL PARK.

If you would like to establish a Flag Retirement Program for your Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of American Legion Post, email us at info@kays-ponger.com or info@lemonbayhf.com


Memorial Day 2011 at Gulf Pines Memorial Park

We had a beautiful day for our Memorial Day Service.

Attendees saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Wreath Presentation

Wreath Presentation

Butterfly Release

Gun Salute

Posting of Colors

Posting of Colors



Memorial Day

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a Federal holiday to commemorate U.S. soldiers who have died while in the military service.  The holiday was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War.  After World War I, it was extended to honor all American who have died in all wars.

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  May 30th was chosen as the official date because it was not the anniversary of a battle.

Memorial Day grew across the nation.  There were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868.  By 1890, all northern states recognized the holiday.  Memorial Day was officially declared by Federal law in 1967.  Under the Uniform Holidays Bill enacted in 1971, the date changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May to create a unified holiday weekend.

The original tradition of Memorial Day is still observed, although Americans have added traditions over the years.  Many visit cemeteries to attend memorial services and place flowers on graves.  American flags are flown at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.  Americans have adapted the observance of the long holiday weekend to have picnics, family gatherings, shopping, and barbeques.  The Indianapolis 500 has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.  The legendary auto race runs on Sunday preceding Memorial Day.

To help remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time.  The resolution asks that at 3 pm local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps’.”


Gulf Pines Memorial Park Memorial Day Service

Join us at Gulf Pines Memorial Park for a special Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30th at 9:00am. 

Featured Guest Speakers and Participants:





• Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1037• VFW Post 10476 and Post 10178

• Purple Heart

• Charlotte County Veterans Council

• North Port Boy Scout Troop 157

• Rotunda West Honor Guard

• Marcella Brown, Vocalist

• Ladies Auxiliary Post 10476

• Lemon Bay High School NJROTC

• The Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,

Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW will be represented

GPMP Memorial Day Flyer 2011


Memorial Dedication to Veterans from Charlotte County 2009

The photographs below are from a Memorial Dedication to those fallen Veterans from Charlotte County.  The monument was donated by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.  It rests at the foot of the Flag at The Charlotte Harbor Event Center, Punta Gorda.