May 30, 2012

Retirement of an American flag

The day after Memorial day, Austin took part in a flag retirement ceremony at Cub Scouts. The ceremony began with prayer, followed by the cutting out of the stars section, followed by the cutting of each stripe. As the individual stripes were cut, statements were read aloud as to the meaning of each stripe, then placed in the fire. All attending the ceremony held the flag and rotated their position, each taking a turn at cutting. The grommets were cut out and given to the parents, to be worn on a key chain perhaps, around the neck, or could be given to a veteran of their choice in honor of their service to our country. The last to be placed on the fire are the stars, saying the pledge of allegiance as we solemnly watch it burn. The ashes will then be buried. Read more from the Scouts web site here.


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