Re: US Flag Retirement
Leslie D. Fife (ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 08:36:19 -0500
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> On Aug 05, 1996 18:15:27, 'The Hendra Family <hendra@MACSCOUTER.COM>'
> >OK, Scouts-L-ers, I need some help. I've got a Scouter here that wants to
> >know about flag retirement. In particular, he has heard that there are
> >only 4 organizations, BSA being one of them, that has been authorized by
> >Congress to reture flags.
> >Do you know anthing about this? Like when this was enacted? Know of any
> >Web resources on US flags that might help find out?
> To the best of my knowledge, there are no specific organizations authorized
> to destroy or retire old US Flags. I believe the flag code is very short
> and terse stating merely that a worn out flag should be retired in a
> dignified manner, preferably by burning, but is silent on who can do so,
> leaving that to any person in possession of the worn out flag.
> Bruce E. Cobern
Bruce is correct. WE did a flag retirement a couple of years ago. There
is no set ceremony -- just the flag code words above. Anyone can retire
a flag. We got the idea of doing our own from a Scouting Magazine article
about a Troop in Florida (I believe).
The problem with the American Legion (of which I am a member) is that they
have their own ceremony which many members believe is the ONLY proper way
to conduct a flag retirement. This just isn't so. They have a very nice
ceremony, and I would encourage you to contact your local post. However,
depending on the post, if you involve them - they may not be too open to any
changes you would like to incorporate. YMMV.
So set it up anyway your resources and imagination allow. Be dignified and
respectful, and everyone will have a unique experience that lasts a lifetime.
I think every American should be involved in a flag retirement at some point
in their life.
Now a question of our non-American friends. How are flags retired in your
country? I would be interested in knowing.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City