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Boy Scouts learn how to retire U.S. Flags on Flag Day

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A group of Boy Scouts learned how to properly retire old U.S. Flags Friday afternoon on a fitting holiday.

Friday, June 14, is Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of Old Glory back on June 14, 1777.

The Veteran’s National Memorial Shrine and Museum on O’Day Road hosted the flag retirement ceremony Friday afternoon with the help of local Boy Scouts.

The Allen County Council of Veterans and the scouts had been collecting damaged U.S. flags at local Legion Posts for proper disposal.

The Boy Scouts learned how to show proper respect to our nation’s flag in a respectful manner.

“The significance is to teach America’s future leaders to respect the flag and what it really stands for,” Jim Olds, a Scout Leader said.

Organizers think they retired about 100 flags Friday afternoon.

The preferred way to retire a tattered flag is by burning it.

Check out U.S. Flag Code here. 

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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