Groups Host Proper Flag Retiring Ceremony

Organizers collect 150 flags from community for ceremony before properly disposing of it.

In honor of Flag Day on June 14, Boy Scout Troop 555 and cadets from the Nellis Air Force Base Civil Air Patrol did their due diligence in honoring the flag. The team organized and collected about 150 American Flags that had been worn, torn, faded and badly soiled to retire properly. The flags were flown at buildings all throughout the community, from government buildings to cemeteries to local businesses.

As the U.S. Flag Code states, “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Each Boy Scouts of America troop has their own way of properly retiring a flag. Some troops prefer to shred or cut the flag up before burning; others choose to leave the flag in one piece before properly dispose of it. The Boy Scouts of Troop 555 prefer to leave the flag intact before disposing of it.

The Palm Northwest Mortuary held the ceremony, the establishment’s first time hosting a commemoration and flag-retirement service. Kelly Browder, general manager at the Palm Northwest Mortuary, said, “After flags are retired, their metal rings, known as grommets, are retrieved and the ashes are buried. The grommets, considered good luck, are scheduled to be presented to American Legion posts around the valley on Veterans Day.”

While anyone can properly dispose of an American Flag, Palm Mortuaries Cemeteries plans to continue collecting flags for a similar ceremony next year.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal | Photo credit: Martin S. Fuentes

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