Retiring an American Flag

The flag is respectfully disposed of by burning. Scouts are standing around the fire in half circle with the flag holders and speaker at the front. After a flag is placed in a fire - nothing else goes over the fire - no roasting marshmallows over the flag. The ashes should be buried when they have cooled.

"We are here today to honor the symbol of our country and retire a flag which has served its useful life as a symbol of freedom and our country. "

"As you can see, this banner of Freedom before you is worn, tattered, and soiled from use and age. Her broad stripes are no longer a fiery red & pure white, but faded and worn out. The stars and blue background are no longer vivid reminders of our blue skies and great land, of the purity, vigilance, and justice she should represent. She has flown proudly over the years and has done her job well, but now she must be replaced with a new flag to properly represent this great Nation of ours."

"The red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of the glorious nation. The white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons or daughters."

"The blue field is represents the heaven under which the flag flies. The stars, clustered together, unify 50 States as one Country."



"As each stripe is retired, I'll name the American colony it represents."

(One person comes to the flag, cuts off a stripe and places the stripe in the fire, next person does the next stripe and so on.)

1. Delaware December 7, 1787
2. Pennsylvania December 12, 1787
3. New Jersey December 18, 1787
4. Georgia January 2, 1788
5. Connecticut January 9, 1788
6. Massachusetts February 6, 1788
7. Maryland April 28, 1788
8. South Carolina May 23, 1788
9. New Hampshire June 21, 1788
10. Virginia June 25, 1788
11. New York July 26, 1788
12. North Carolina November 21, 1788
13. Rhode Island May 29, 1790



"After the field of blue is placed on the fire, we stay quietly with the flag as it burns, then leave quietly when the flames have died."
(Blue field is now placed on the burning fire.)

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