The Sea Scouts retire more than 500 American flags in a fitting farewell for Old Glory.
Earlier this month, eight young Sea Scouts retired over 500 U.S. flags at Memorial Park cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia. The retirement ceremony is a military tradition that takes worn out American flags and allows them to be disposed in a respectful manner.
The assistant district commissioner for scouting Charlie DeSaussane said, “It’s been awhile since we’ve done a retirement, but they’ve done quite a few.” DeSaussane introduced the young men to the ceremony instructions but from there the scouts did all the heavy lifting. Each boy had his own important role and read part of the retirement script.
During the ceremony, the Sea Scouts carefully cut one ceremonial flag into four pieces and then burned them. This crucial step often perplexes people who are not familiar with the U.S. flag retirement ceremony. A handful of veterans also attended in order to pay their respects to the over worked flags.
DeSaussane, also a veteran, believes many people don’t properly dispose of American flags simply because they do not know how. “Even the smallest flag, if it’s in disrepair – ripped, torn, faded – it should be retired.”
Credit: Gainesville Times