U.S. flag retirement ceremony
DeKALB – The members of Boy Scout Troop 4 in DeKalb gained a lot more respect for the flag Oct. 15, when they participated in a flag retirement ceremony at the Elks lodge in DeKalb.
“It’s strange because usually it’s, ‘don’t let the flag touch the ground,’ and now we are burning them,” said Adam Walter, 16. In the ceremony, the Scouts burned about 60 worn-out American flags that Elks and Legionnaires had collected over a two-month period.
Salutes, a bugler, and a prayer were all part of the solemn ceremony. A pair of Scouts carefully carried each stretched-out flag to a fire in a portable outdoor fireplace and lowered the flag center-first into the flame.
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