Subject- Ceremony for prope
Ann Bilbrey (ann_bilbrey@INTELLIGENTRESOURCES.COM)
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 12:58:34 U
>A Girl Scout troop in our community has approached my troop to
>properly destroy several old US flags. We are planning a campout and
>are going to invite them out for dinner and then, at the campfire,
>dispose of the flags. Do any of you have any ceremonies available or
>know where I could find a source of ceremonies for this? This is our
>first time of doing this.
This is straight from Ceremonies in Girl Scouting:
CEREMONY FOR RETIRING A WORN FLAG
This is a very solemn ceremony and should be done with utmost respect for the
retiring of the flag of our country.
Items needed: Flag to be retired, sharp scissors, flashlight, fire to burn
People needed: The color guard - four girls, one for each corner of the flag.
One or two girls will cut the flag; one or two girls will lay flag pieces on
GIRL SCOUT-IN-CHARGE: "Color Gaurd, advance." May carry the flag folded or
open on a pole. "Please stand. Our Pledge of Allegiance."
An appropriate reading or poem.
Song - optional.
GIRL SCOUT-IN-CHARGE: "When the flag of our country has become worn or
damaged, the proper way to dispose of it is through burning or burial. We are
here tonight to pay our last respects to this particular flag with love and
reverence. Each stripe stands for one of the thirteen colonies, and each
state is represented by a star on a field of blue."
When the reader finishes, the cutter starts cutting the first stripe. When it
is entirely cut, she lays it over the arm of another color guard member to lay
on the fire.
As each stripe is laid on the fire the Girl Scout-In-Charge calls out the name
of the original colonies in the order in which the states were admitted in to
the Union. The first stripe stands for Delaware, then Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New
Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
The field of blue with white stars, which stands for all the states, is burned
last. It should be laid on the fire with two girls holding the corners, not
tossed onto the fire.
Closing: A song such as "God Bless America."
The girls are excused in silence while Taps is played or hummed by the group.
I hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City