Greater than 200 tattered and torn flags have been burned on Monday, June 14, a day that is acknowledged nationally as Flag Day as a result of it commemorates the adoption of the USA flag on June 14, 1777.
The flag burning ceremony, held at Gold Star Park, was sponsored by Boy Scouts Pack 50, Boy Scouts Troop 50 and VFW Smith-Leonard Submit 4572.
“Years in the past, Congress really useful that appropriate solution to eliminate a flag, and that is via burning or burial,” mentioned Troop 50 Assistant Scoutmaster Gardner Perdue. “Every year, we do it by burning.”
Two 55-gallon metal barrels that had been minimize into two and stabilized utilizing cider blocks have been used as fireplace pits to burn the flags.
As this system started, veterans and others in attendance have been invited to position a folded flag into the flames in reminiscence or in honor of a beloved veteran or present service member. The scouts then took turns putting the a number of remaining flags into the hearth pits.
Perdue mentioned unserviceable flags are given to the Boys Scouts all year long they usually maintain on to them till the time comes for his or her annual burning ceremony.
“We additionally received numerous state of Alabama flags and different state flags, however we’re going to burn these at a later date,” Perdue mentioned.
Perdue mentioned the opposite flags will seemingly be burned throughout a Boy Scouts camp out occasion.
“It is necessary for us to show our younger and the group typically what to do with a worn-out flag,” Perdue mentioned. “You are not supposed to only throw them within the trash. We’re instructing younger males to be respectful of the flag as a result of it represents the USA of America. Respect for the colours is one thing all of us as Individuals ought to have.”
Because the ceremony concluded, Troop 50 Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Garrett performed the Faucets bugle name on his trumpet.