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Stars and stripes: Scouts lead flag retirement ceremony during patriotic week in Maryland

The Carroll County Farm Museum's United States flag was lowered, folded and cut into pieces.

Then it was placed carefully in a fire for a proper retirement ceremony to commemorate Flag Day.

Boy Scouts and Venturing Crew members led a Flag Day ceremony about an hour before sunset at the Carroll County Farm Museum Thursday.

Matthew Knies, of Boy Scout Troop 883, played taps on an official Scouts bugle.

Venturing Crew members Brianna Norris, Melanie Perry, Chris and Justin Heber and Aidan Taylor were also part of Thursday's ceremony.

The event was one of many honoring Flag Day throughout the state, including at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where War of 1812 bicentennial ceremonies are taking place this weekend.

The history: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first flag act that established a flag with 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 stars arranged in a circle on a blue background as the official flag for the United States.

Role in War of 1812: Francis Scott Key was motivated to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" after seeing the flag raised above Fort McHenry from his position on a truce ship in the Patapsco River during the Battle of Baltimore.

First Flag Day: It took place in 1885, according to, when teacher BJ Cigrand arranged for pupils in a Wisconsin school district to observe June 14 as Flag Birthday.

Flag Day established: It was established by the proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until 1949 that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 each year as National Flag Day.

Star-Spangled Sailabration: Flag Day coincided with a week of activities to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. An Angels Over Baltimore Air Show is taking place this weekend.

The air show will feature United States Navy and Coast Guard aviation acts and a featured flyover by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. The Air Show is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will be visible at several locations in and near Baltimore, including MedStar Harbor Hospital, Port Covington and Martin State Airport.

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Times correspondent Megan Bosse contributed to this report.