Re: US Flag Retirement
Scott Enerson (renerson@HETTINGER.CTCTEL.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 15:39:43 PDT
> Gary wrote:
> > 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.
> I don't know about the particulars of who is authorized to retire
> flags. However, I can tell you that our Troop is chartered by the
> American Legion and each year we assist them in a flag retirement. I
> know that there are certain rules and regulations that must be
> followed in flag retirement. However, I would be surprised if this
> event were limited to four organizations. I am sure there is someone
> out there who knows more.
> Marie E. Lackore
Gary, Marie, and everyone else,
I think there are only 3 organizations authorized to retire flags. I am
not exactly sure of who they are, but BSA, and the American Legion
are 2 of the 3. As for regulations that need to be followed, I think you
cut the flag in half, horizontally, then cut the blue portion away. I think
you possibly fold up the individual pieces, and put them in the fire.
Sometime during this, there is some type of a statement about the
flag. Our district usually does a flag retirement ceremony in Sept.
at the fall camporee. One flag is retired infront of all of the troops,
and then the people retiring the flags do the rest by themselves. If
I remember correctly, those flags are already cut up before hand.
Don't quote me exactly, because I am not sure of the details, or
the exact procedings.
SPL Troop 45
Northern Lights Council
Sunny North Dakota!!
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