James Dooley (DooleyJ@USA.RED-CROSS.ORG)
Tue, 13 Jun 1995 14:43:58 -0400
Jon Lyksett --
This message isn't going to give you the
information you need for your flag
retirement tomorrow night, but I wanted to
add my comment, anyway.
The flag lessons in the Scout handbooks that
I grew up with (1960s) are among the lessons
that had the most impact on me, and which I
remember most clearly. They included the
statement that a flag that is beyond repair
or further service should be disposed of
privately. The ceremony you envision is
such a far cry from what I consider
"private" that I wonder either what became
of the original idea or how I had so
misunderstood it over all of these years.
The fact that you say you've gotten the idea
from Scouting magazines, etc., just puzzles
I know that your ceremony was created with
nothing but respect for the flags in mind.
It's obviously not a "flag-burning" party.
Still, something seems basically wrong.
I'm sure that if you proceed as planned it
will be meaningful for all who are present.
I hope that the leaders who disagree with
the ceremony will not cause a public scene,
but will allow it to proceed with as much
solemnity as possible. Please let me know
how it turns out, and how all of you decide
to assess the situation for the future.
Jim Dooley, Pack 350, Arlington VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City