Re: Retiring US Flags
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Thu, 28 Apr 1994 11:23:09 -0600
On Sun, 24 Apr 1994, JT wrote:
> On the subject of retiring (burning) US flags, I thought I would share how we
> retired many flags over the course of one summer at camp.
> We would start our ceremony by asking everybody present to stand (if able) and
> to remove all hats. A story that told about the history of the Flag was recit
> by the color guard leader after the flags had been marched in. The leader was
> dressed in full uniform including pants (as opposed to shorts) and all members
> of the color guard also had on full uniforms (hats removed for the ceremony).
Although you may elect to remove hats for this ceremony, it is perfectly
appropriate for the members of the color guard and the color guard leader
to wear these. The _complete_ uniform is, itself, a token of respect for
the Flag and the ceremony. If this were performed by a military color
guard (I'm a former Marine and served on special ceremonies team), the
hats (covers) would be worn by the guard.
At Large Member
Great Salt Lake Council, BSA
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