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Local Birmingham area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are commemorating Flag Day 2021 by holding solemn flag retirement ceremonies.
This past Saturday, Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Boy Scout Troop 237 and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly held its annual day-long collection and flag retirement ceremony on the church campus. On Flag Day – June 14th – the North-Central Alabama Girl Scouts will conduct a flag retirement at the Vulcan Park and Museum beginning at 10:30am.
For several years now, The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly 1288 has collected flags and held a retirement ceremony with local Boy Scout troops. This year the group collected 50 flags to retire.
Rick Lange with the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly 1288 wrote to Bham Now about the ceremony:
“Many people don’t know what to do with a worn, faded, or tattered flag but they know they should not throw it away in the garbage. We provide that opportunity for the community to drop the flags off so we may properly retire them.”
A solemn and emotional ceremony, before the ceremony the flags’ stripes have been cut cleanly into strips. The blue star field is not cut because it represents the union of the fifty states and “one should never let the union be broken.”
During the ceremony a script is read aloud, honoring the flag and the soldiers who fought to defend it in past wars, while the scouts carefully place parts of the flag in a fire.
According to Lange, the ashes from the flags will be buried at a Boy Scout camp this Friday.
Girl Scouts and Vulcan Park and Museum
On Flag Day, June 14th at 10:30am, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and Vulcan Park & Museum will also be holding a ceremony to retire United States flags with dignity and respect.
I do expect the ceremony to be similar to the one held by my own daughter when she was a girl scout at Highlands School in 2012.
One added bonus for today’s event at Vulcan Park and Museum – FREE Girl Scout Cookies are available for Veterans while supplies last!
If you can’t make the Girl Scout event at Vulcan Park today, look for a U.S. flag today. It may be on top of a building, a neighborhood porch or alongside a city street.
It unites us all.