United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at YMCA Camp Greenwood

Eagle Scout Asa leads ceremony

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 911 marched up to the stage and stood shoulder to shoulder. Eagle Scout Asa Stallworth explained how the proper retirement of a flag of the United States is to be done.   “The flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation’s unity, it’s hopes, it’s achievements, it’s glory and it’s high resolve. When the flag is in such condition, through wear or damage, that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it shall be destroyed in a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. Our ceremony today will cut the flag into pieces and burn it in a modest but blazing fire.”

Today’s Color Guard was made up of Boy Scouts from Troop 911. Special thanks to Matt DuPont, Kevin Freeland and Eagle Scout Asa Stallworth for conducting the ceremony.

YMCA Camp Greenwood Opening June 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Color Guard, it is your duty today to properly retire this US Flag with honor, dignity and respect.”

“Color Guard, retire this Flag of the United States of America.”

 

Nine community leaders had gathered for the ceremony and participated by taking a stripe that had been cut away from the flag and placing it on a fire.

KMc with first stripe
“Just wanted to thank you for including me in the flag retirement ceremony. I knew it would be meaningful but it far exceeded my expectations. “

Chief Brooks at fireRodney at fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Rodney Stone, Brian McKenna, Chief Gerald Brooks, Kelly McWhorter, Roy Hemphill, Fran Wiley, Steve Riley, Tim DuPont and YMCA Board Member Dan Wideman for participating in the ceremony.

“Would you all please rise? And last we retire this blue field upon which are the fifty stars that represent the states of the greatest nation that God in his wisdom put upon this earth, we do this with honor, dignity, and respect.”

 

YMCA Board Member Dan Wideman had the honor of placing Field of Blue on the fire
YMCA Board Member Dan Wideman had the honor of placing Field of Blue on the fire

 

 

This worn flag has been properly retired, with dignity and honor!
This worn flag has been properly retired, with honor, dignity and respect !