scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Flag Retirement Ceremonies
John M. Papp (street-rodder@JUNO.COM
Mon Jun 26 2000 - 10:39:12 CDT
I read the current message on Flag Retirement Ceremonies with great
interest. You brought up many good points, time, significance, honor,
respect. We are a VFW Troop, Flags have been given to us intermittently
for many of my 23 years in this troop.
I took over the honor of being SM last May '99. Since then, we have
rece'd OVER 25 Flags for retirement from our local Elks, VFW, American
Legion and Senior Citizens. I saw a need for a proper retirement
ceremony and made up posters requesting Flags for "Proper Retirement."
The Response was Fantastic as MANY just do not know how to properly
retire a US Flag. They do not want to just throw them out.
Prior to this, I had searched http://www.USSCOUTS.ORG for a proper, to
the point ceremony. Not too short, not too long. I found one, copied it
into my MS WORD program, increased the size/font (40+) and printed out
the plan (& mounted on cardboard). Very easily read in low light Campfire
Our Ceremony takes around 10 minutes, requires Audience Participation
and is Easy to read/express. We PRE-CUT the flag into four pieces
keeping the Blue Field intact, and 3 sections of (equal size) stripes.
In the last year, we've done several of these ceremonies (Cub Winter
Camps, Camping Trips, Camporees, etc. . .) with great success. Many
who've attended, said that they "have never seen such an honorable
ceremony and hope that we would prepare one for them next year."
The '70's were just that, the '70's. Lots of turmoil and
interpretation. After seeing our ceremony, no Scouter in their right
mind would accost us. It is a matter of respect.
John M. Papp
Eagle Scout Class of '77
Scoutmaster Troop 357 Rotterdam-Schenectady, New York
2001 National Jamboree Media Staff Photographer
Web Site at: http://www.streetrodder.cjb.net
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