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Scouts to retire flags

Ceremony disposes of damaged banners

Southbridge Boy Scout Troop 160 conducted an American flag retirement ceremony last year on the Town Common. They will repeat the ceremony Saturday. (click for larger version)
November 04, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — For many, burning the American flag is a sign of disrespect to the nation.

Boy Scout Troop 160 will indeed be burning U.S. flags tomorrow — not as an insult, but as a sign of respect. The Southbridge-based troop is holding its annual flag retirement ceremony tomorrow, at 6 p.m., on the Town Common to properly dispose of tattered and torn flags, in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

Cub Scout Troop 140 will also participate, while the Southbridge Veterans Council will oversee and assist in the ceremony. The groups held a similar ceremony last year.

The ceremony will teach the Scouts several lessons, some academic, some symbolic, according to Troop 160 Scoutmaster Jeremiah Martin. Included among those lessons is learning how to properly dispose of a flag.

"You can't just throw them in the trash. They have to be retired correctly," Martin said.

In addition to the lessons in flag etiquette Martin said the event will help Scouts earn future merit badges and instill a sense of national honor.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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