Re: National Flag Disposal
Garbutt, Keith (GARBUTT@WVNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 21 Aug 1992 09:23:49 EDT
This Summer at Webelos camp we wittnessed a flag disposal. The program
was run by a Pittsburg Pack (90). We all assembled at the council ring
the flag had been susspended from a wire, and a campfire was blazing
behind it. The Leader of Pack 90 read a brief history of the flag and
the pledge was said. The Camp director (in full OA
dance costume) then brought a torch from the fire and ignited the
flag along its bottom edge. As the flag burned the remnants were collected and
taken to the campfire for complete destruction. The camp then left the
council circle in silence.
The whole thing was very well done it was not brash and nationalistic as I
had feared it might be. In particular the reading of the history of the
flag which included a section on how big a flag should be, which I heard
again recently at a Woodbadge course was excellent. I was very impressed.
My only reservation was the use of the OA dance costume. While it added
a nice element to the ceromony I wonder at the symbolism of a scouter
in native american dress burning the flag!!!!
Mountaineer Council WV
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