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Sheriff's department uses flag retirement as an opportunity for reflection

BALDWIN — The Lake County Sheriff's Department took some time on May 8 to retire the Michigan and United States flags hanging outside their building and hoist new ones.

The old flags had only been flying outside the sheriff's station for less than a year, however they had accrued significant damage from the weather. People often forget the retirement of state and national flags is a strict procedure and the sheriff's department of Lake County wanted to ensure it was done with all due respect.

To help with that goal, some special guests were present. Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, was present to deliver the new flags from Lansing. The Lake County Honor Guard also was on hand to present the flags and salute as they were raised.

"It's really fortunate to have people like Jon Bumstead to bring the flags down and an honor guard which takes its responsibilities seriously and is always eager to take part in events like this," said Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts. "We like being able to take time out of the day to ensure projects like this are done properly."

Bumstead said he is happy to help such with projects, and takes them as an opportunity to check in at various communities around his district. He stressed that what amounts to replacing a flag may seem like a small thing, but it can serve as an important reminder to people, especially in a community with as many veterans as Lake County.

"This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it's important to show some pride when it comes to our country and with law enforcement like the sheriff's department here," said Bumstead. "People fought to keep that flag waiving."