scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Flag Day
Jeffry Smith (jsmith@ALUM.MIT.EDU
Thu Jun 22 2000 - 23:31:57 CDT
I know the law doesn't say "how" to do it, but the flag ceremony we've
used here for years goes like this:
(after assembling everyone, full uniforms, white gloves, 55 gallon
drum with a screen at the bottom, lit roll of toilet paper soaked in
kerosene at the bottom to start things, done in a public place, on
1. SPL / Leader announces the purpose of the event to the crowd
2. SPL / Leader reads the law on flags retirement
3. SPL / Leader describes what will happen, and asks those around to
maintain a respectful silence for the honored flags we retire today.
4. One at a time, the flags are unfolded.
4.1 As each flag is unfolded, it is held by 4 scouts (1 at each
corner). Remaining scouts give salute to the flag.
4.2 SPL / Leader cuts the flag along the bottom edge of the stars,
into the stripes, forming two pieces. The bottom of the flag is
4.3 SPL / Leader cuts the remaining stripes from the blue field. The
stripes are folded.
4.4 The stars are folded into a triangle
4.5 At this point, the flag is laid respectfully into the fire,
starting with the bottom stripes, ending with the Stars.
4.6 As the stars are laid into the flames, the youths retiring that
flag step back, and render a final salute.
5. Repeat for each flag until all are burning
6. At the end, announce that fire will be allowed to go out
naturally, with all flags burned. Until that time, people who remain
are asked to remember that the ceremony hasn't ended, and remain
7. After the fire has died, the ashes are respectfully buried in
either a gravesite or a flag circle (i.e. some kind of honorable
location, not thrown out).
Why do we cut the flag? The statement is so that the flag as a whole
is not burned. Is it right? I don't know, but I do know it's an
ASM, Troop 173
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