PHOTOS: Chicago firefighters, WWII veteran retire American flags

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department celebrated Flag Day on Thursday with a ceremony in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Firefighters partnered with the Chicago Police Department and a local JROTC group to retire American flags by burning them near 45th and Halsted streets. It is a long-standing tradition to burn to ashes flags that are beyond repair following a ceremony.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

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