burning the American flag
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 08:04:18 -0500
Most flag retirement ceremonies are performed with a group of people present.
The problem I faced when I wanted to retire the flag that flew over the
school was my concern for the age of the children. At our crossover
ceremony we had approximately 100 people there varying in ages. I did not
feel that I could control that large a group even if I impressed upon them
before the ceremony started how important it was to be quiet and solemn.
My other reason for postponing the retirement was because of the fire.
Nothing should be placed in the fire once the flag has been retired and the
ashes retrieved the next day. How am I to monitor that many people in
case someone forgets? I know my pack and no one would intentionally do it,
but still with that large a group and kids varying in ages from toddlers
My solution was to retire the flag at our next Webelos camp-out. That way
I have two patrols to worry about, the boys can be more a part of the
ceremony and it will be done to the best of our ability. We have been
invited to camp with a troop, and I might do it there.
Since the school has given me another flag to retire, I can do this again
for next year's webelos if it works out well.
webelos den leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City