Scout troops 1830 (boys) and 2019 (girls) participated in a flag retirement ceremony at the Sportsman Club on May 31st. It is tradition to retire flags that are worn, torn, faded or soiled with a specific ceremony to incinerate the flag. A flag is not considered a flag after it has been cut into pieces. The flag is cut up methodically into smaller pieces, with the exception of the blue star field. Keeping the star field intact is a symbol representing keeping the 50 states of the Union intact.
As the pieces of the retired flag are incinerated, Scouts maintain a vigil over the fire until no traces of the flag remain. The ashes are collected and burned. Thank you to the Scouts and Troop Leaders who teach this important piece of history to the next generation.