Scout BSA Troops 178, 1178 retire flags

The American flag holds its value not in its physical appearance, but in its symbolism for all that veterans have worked for, lived for and died for. It represents a nation devoted to the ideals of justice, freedom and democracy. 

When the American flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, it is often destroyed in a dignified manner. Morton Boy Scouts of America Troops 178 & 1178 were joined by American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Scouts in retiring around 200 American flags on Sept. 19, 2022.

“Let these faded flags of our country be retired and destroyed with respectful and honorable rites,” Scout Master Josh Saunders said.

Each flag was saluted and placed on the fire, one at a time. From lighting the fire to putting it out, the process took about two hours. The Boy Scouts remained quiet and respectful throughout the ceremony.