Fred Mackenzie, left, ceremoniously inspects an American flag and salutes Richard Esparza during the flag retirement ceremony Saturday morning at the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815. For more than 200 years, the flag has been a symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. The proper disposal of it acknowledges that it served our country well and honorably. Flag Day, which took place yesterday, June 14, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag.