MORRIS – Boy Scout Troop 469 will take time to respect the American flag for Flag Day on Saturday by holding a flag day retirement ceremony.
"They do this fairly regularly because flags deserve that respect," said Julie Buck, troop committee chairwoman.
The retirement ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District's Station 2, 2301 Ashton Road in Morris. The troop has been collecting flags, but anyone who has a flag for the ceremony can bring it to the ceremony. The ceremony is open to the public.
This is the first year the troop has teamed up with the Morris fire department, Buck said. The more modern flags are made of nylon, which melts rather than burns and therefore causes a more dangerous fire, so the troop asked the fire department for assistance.
Burning of a flag in poor condition is the customary way to dispose of an American flag.
At the ceremony, the boy scouts will form an honor guard and present the old flags for inspection, Buck said. The flags will be declared as flags that were flown from community schools, buildings and homes, and will be disposed of by burning in accordance to the law and tradition.
Assistant Scout Master Ken Buck will share the history of the American flag and the meaning behind its colors, the stripes and stars. Darrell Gay is the troop's Scout Master.
A requirement for the boy scouts is to participate in a flag ceremony, but not necessarily a flag retirement ceremony, Buck said.
"It's definitely part of the scouting philosophy," she said.
For information on the Boy Scout Troop 469, visit troop469inc.com.