Flag Decommission Ceremony
Michael D. Owens (DocOwens@AOL.COM)
Fri, 12 May 1995 10:23:24 -0400
I am looking for ideas for a ceremony for the decommissioning of
United States Flags. I am working with a Troop which has
accumulated several experienced flags and would like to dispose
of them properly.
I have already scanned the AOL Scouting Forum and have downloaded
the three ceremonies posted previously. I have considerable
knowledge of US Flag etiquette, but have never personally seen a
formal ceremony or know of literature regarding the procedures to
I have managed to construct a ceremony of my own that I believe
will show the appropriate respect and courtesies warranted a
symbol of our great nation. I have incorporated several steps
such as a opening, utilizing a regulation flag raising, raising each
flag one final time, pronouncing the flag as being
decommissioned, dismantling it so that it may be burned in parts,
awarding of grommets to honored guests and participants, final
words, bugler playing "Taps" as well as "To the Colors" and
"Retreat" at the appropriate time, a Closing and collection of
the ashes from the fire for the next ceremony.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would gladly consider
them all. Specifically, anything from procedure, guests,
participants, fire safety, background music, appropriate remarks
to be read, etc. You get the idea. I have a lot already and it
is too much to post here, so any input would certainly be
I have no firm deadline as of yet, however, I do expect to have
the ceremony by July 4 (if not on the Fourth). Once I have
completed my document, I will contact Jon Eidson for instructions
on how to make it public, and then let you all know.
Thanks in advance!
Mike "Doc" Owens
Cubmaster, Pack 890
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 782
Gemini District, Detroit Area Council
"If people don't come to the ballpark, who's going to stop them?"
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