WEST MILTON — The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 972, West Milton, is extending a public invitation to a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Lange Estate on Calumet Road.
As they prepare for this year’s Independence Day, the scouts are recognizing the need for anyone with worn or unserviceable flags to bring them to this event for a proper and honorable retirement.
“A used, worn-out flag cannot just be thrown away,” said Scout First-Class Michael D. Mayor. “They must be shown the same respect that you would show a person, because it is the highest symbol of us as Americans.”
The United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k) states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Anyone can bring a flag they have determined to be tattered, faded, torn, or in dis-repair and no longer a symbol worthy of representing the nation. If possible, those wishing to have their flag retired are asked to bring a brief written history of the flag, where it was first flown, and if it was used in any overseas duty.
A brief reception will follow for any person interested in supporting or joining Troop 972.
For additional information about BSA Troop 972, contact Stan Dohner, assistant scoutmaster, at (937) 266-6274, or at SDDOHNER972@gmail.com or by visiting http://bsatroop972.scoutlander.com/.