Boy Scouts join veterans in holding flag retirement ceremony
DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - On Saturday, Boy Scouts from Troop 210 and veterans from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2880 held a flag retirement ceremony in Diamondhead.
It happens at least once a year close to Flag Day.
The veterans collect worn American flags throughout the year, then work with the Scouts to dispose of them in a reverent ceremony.
The flags are first cut into quarters, removing the blue square of stars from the red and white stripes.
The squares are then burned down to ashes in a “modest but blazing fire.”
The flag retirement ceremony gives everyone involved a chance to reflect on our nation’s independence and those who have sacrificed so much to ensure our American freedoms.
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