Re: Flag Retirement Ceremonies??
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 22:24:01 -0400
It is important to point out here the thee Legion runs counter to the
U.S. flag code (which is a set of etiquette guidelines but carries no
force of law), which says the flag should be privately burned with
dignity and WITHOUT CEREMONY.
There are a number of organizations that have interpreted the law to say
this. However the statute, 36 U.S.C. 176(k) states only this:
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a
fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way,
preferably by burning.
As long as the ceremony provides a dignified destruction of the flag,
the spirit and letter of the law is met. Ceremonies are not prohibited
and there is no requirement for the destruction to be private.
For an excellent compilation of flag retirement ceremonies, stop by an
read Randy Worcester's excellent handout at
Michael F. Bowman --- Professor Beaver NE-CS-41
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