No, Fort Independence is not on fire.
On Sunday morning, Caught in Southie received numerous tweets and emails reporting black smoke coming from Fort Independence and wanting to know if there was a fire. There was a fire but it was for Flag Day as part of a flag burning ceremony. According to Ed Flynn – Commander of the Thomas J. Fitzgerald Post, US Navy – this is an annual ceremony to properly dispose or retire worn, torn or otherwise damaged American Flags. You know you just can’t through them away!
The South Boston Allied War Veterans, Paul J. Saunders American Legion post and the Fitzgerald post partake in this stately ritual coordinated and sponsored by the Castle Island Association.
“Flag day is an important day in our county,” said Flynn. “It is a day where we remember and acknowledge the determination and sacrifices of so many that fought in defense of our county and our flag. Symbolism and protocol is critical in the U.S. armed forces.”
So there you have it, it was the annual flag burning ceremony and Castle Island was not on fire. Phew.