Re: flag retirement
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 08:29:55 -0600
I have organized flag burning ceremonies at various District events
through the years; sometimes at a Camporee and often at leader training. I
got a ceremony from the Commander of the local American Legion and changed
it for our purposes. As the speaker reads the ceremony participants hold
out the flags for all to see. Then they fold them loosely and lay them on
the fire with the stars up. This is usually done at the end of a campfire
and provides a nice close for the evening.
It is important to have a good fire with a good bed of coals. The more
flags you have the better fire you need and the longer it takes. I have
found that the nylon flags actually burn better than the cotton. I suppose
you should be careful about breathing the smoke but then I try to avoid
breathing smoke anyway.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St.
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916
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