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Flag Retirement Ceremony

 

This being the 6th year of the Merced Field of Honor it is fitting that we consider and address the disposition of flags that have flown and have become worn over the years.  Many individuals have taken their flags home and display them throughout the year and we have noticed that some flags come back to the Merced Field of Honor are getting to the point that they be retired following the guidelines set forth to properly dispose of worn flags.  The U.S. Flag code states that, “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.”  Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it’s time for it to be retired.

On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at dusk (7:00 pm), a Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on the Merced Field of Honor.  Local Scout troops and local veterans will be conducting the ceremony.  Come join us for this time-honored tradition.

Learn more about flag retirement ceremony and protocol:

Boy Scouts

http://www.macscouter.com/ceremony/Flag_retirement.asp

 

Girl Scouts

http://gswoblog.org/2016/05/16/girl-scout-traditions-flag-retirement-ceremonies/

 

American Legion

https://www.legion.org/flag/ceremony

 

We hope you will join us for this event!

Nancy Edmiston and Dewayne Young
2018 Merced Field of Honor, Co-Chairs