Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Flag Retirement ceremony
Re: Flag Retirement ceremony
Ronald W. Fox
Sun, 8 Aug 1999 12:43:56 -0500
At 09:42 PM 8/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Our troop is getting ready to do a flag retirement ceremony at our
>September Court of Honor. One of our troop committeemen that is a member
>of the American Legion said that it was just recently announced that
>burning the flag as a part of a retirement ceremony is not acceptable.
As you have seen in Mike Bowman's post, U.S. Public Law recommends that
burning the flag in a dignified manner is the recommended procedure for
retiring a flag.
The American Legion member is slightly confused. Retiring a flag by
burning it is not acceptable for an American Legion member in the context
of an American Legion activity. The American Legion, like any other
private organization or private individual, can select any dignified and
respectful method of retiring a flag that they want. What they cannot, and
should not do is extend that prohibition to any other individual or group.
They can certainly advise and recommend, but they should be sure to frame
their opinion as just that; opinion. They should not make a blanket
statement that "this is not acceptable", but instead should state, "the
American Legion feels that ..., even though the law itself actually
recommends that ...."
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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