The Cub Scout Pack 101 will be holding a flag retirement ceremony this evening at the Trion Track field.
When the United States flag (Old Glory) becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be "retired" with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation’s flag. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean that one should simply drop the entire flag (intact) into a fire.
A flag should never be torn up like an old bed sheet. It should be cut up with scissors or shears in a methodical manner. The reason the Cub Scouts do not cut the blue star field is it represents the union of the fifty states and one should never let the union be broken.
Once the flag remnants and fire are ready, you perform the following ceremony. The Scouts maintain a vigil over the fire until all traces of the flag remnants are destroyed. Then, the fire is extinguished and the ashes are buried. The burial can be completed with a moment of silence while taps is played by a bugler.
The flag retirement ceremony will be held at 7 PM in case of rain, a date of November 16th has been set. Please bring a lawn chair if you plan to attend.
(information from www.usscouts.org )