United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at YMCA Camp Greenwood
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.
“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.
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.”