Boy Scouts hold ceremony, properly retire American flags

Scouts gathered around a fire at Cary Camp Saturday to retire American flags. (WLFI Photo)
Scouts gathered around a fire at Cary Camp Saturday to retire American flags. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The chilly weather Saturday evening didn’t stop a local Boy Scout troop from giving old American flags a proper retirement.

Scouts gathered around a fire at Cary Camp Saturday to retire American flags. The retirement ceremony started around 7:30 p.m.

The scouts retired around 200 flags, the largest of which was 35 feet. During the ceremony, scout Brent Washam told the audience how to properly retire the American flag.

It begins by cutting the Union, or stars, and then the rest of the flag is cut and placed entirely in the fire.

Washam also told the other scouts what the flag means to him and what it represents to America.

“I think the importance of this is to go and give respect to our nation and give respect to the veterans who have passed,” said Brent Washam.

Brent’s brother John Washam reiterated the importance.

“It’s a respectful way to make sure the flag is getting retired properly,” said Washam. “It’s making sure the flag is not getting disrespected as it’s getting retired.”

Before the retirement, the scouts recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterwards, they sang “God Bless America” to honor the American flag.