Re: Flag Disposal Script
Tue, 5 Jul 1994 02:32:50 EDT
A day late, perhaps not a dollar short ...
Michael Bowman cites the sum total of Federal law covering our concern for
flag retirement, to wit 36 U.S.C. 176: "No disrespect should be shown to the
flag of the United States of America; ... The flag, when it is in such
condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be
destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
It does not need to be cut, folded, unfolded, raised, or lowered UNDER
I do not have access to regulations of the several uniformed services of the
United States. These MIGHT prescribe specific practices, but would not be
binding on the youth movements we are here concerned with.
Our Troop and Post, currently retiring about 200 flags a year, has only one
rule, OUR OWN RULE, which you are free to adopt or not as you choose:
"Every flag being retired shall receive its own [hand] salute; the salute is
to be rendered as the flag is being lowered or placed on the fire, and held
for 5 to 10 seconds, enough for the flames to 'catch'."
- Pat Skelly, "ScoutLdr@AOL.com"
CR, Troop and Post 520, Grand Canyon Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City