Retirement of the Flag of the United States of America

 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. - (4 U.S.C. § 8 : US Code - Section 8: Respect for flag)


Remember me?

Some people call me "Old Glory"

Others call me the "Star Spangled Banner"

But whatever they call me, I am your Flag,

The Flag of the United States of America....

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you... because it is about you.... and me.

I remember some time ago people lined up on both sides of the street to watch a parade, and naturally I was leading every parade, proudly waving in the breeze. When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder, so that his hand was directly over his heart...Remember?

And you, I remember you. Standing there straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you, with her hand over her heart.... Remember?

What happened? I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I have a few more stars now and a lot more blood has been shed since those days long ago. But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down the street you just stand there with your hands in your pockets, and I may get a small glance, but then you look away.

Then I see children running around and shouting; they don't seem to know who I am.... I saw one man take off his hat, then he looked around and saw no one else with their hat off, so he quickly put his hat back on.

Is it a sin to be patriotic now? Have you forgotten what I stand for? And where I've been? Anzio....Normandy... Quadal canal....Iwo Jima.....Korea..... Vietnam.... and the Persian Gulf?

Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls sometime. Note the names of those who never came back; they died to keep this republic free... One Nation Under God!

When you salute me... you are actually saluting them.

Well, it won't be long now until I'll be coming down your street again....So when you see me, stand straight, place you right hand over you heart, and I'll salute you by waiving back.... and I'll know....


Red White and Blue - Flag Ceremony

The arrangement for this Flag Ceremony is as follows:
Scout1: Caller
Scouts2-5: Color Guard
Leader: Props (scraps of Red, White, and Blue cloth)

Scout1: Color Guard Attention....
Scout1: Will the Audience please rise... Color Guard Forward March... Scout or Heart salute...
Scout1: (when the color guard reaches the flag posts)  Post the colors of the United States of America..... Post the colors of the great state of_________________, and of Troop/Pack____________________.
(Scout1 wait until leaders part is finished...)

Leader:  Scouts, what is our Flag? You could say it is just a few scraps of red, white, and blue cloth like these in my hand.  That would be true. But our flag is really much more than that.  We all recognize the flag as the banner of our country.  In other words, it stand for our country.  We should respect it and treat it as we would want to be treated... with care and love.  Let us show our respect by pledging our allegiance to the flag.

Scout1: Please repeat the Pledge of Allegiance with me.....
Scout1: (after the pledge is fully recited) Two!.... Color guard about face... color guard forward march... (wait until color guard is close to the back of the room) Color guard dismissed... The audience may be seated.

End of Meeting:

Scout1: Color Guard re-assemble.... Will the audience please rise... Color Guard, retriever the colors... Forward march.... Color guard dismissed, the audience may be seated.