American flags decommissioned at Carroll scouts ceremony
By Carroll County Times staff
Jun 14, 2019 at 7:50 PM
Local scouts retired old and worn-out United States flags Friday during a ceremony at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
American flags are traditionally decommissioned on Flag Day.
Boy Scouts of America Troop 393 has been leading the ceremony at the Farm Museum for the past six years, according to Scoutmaster Jeff Barnes. Other troops and packs also participate. Barnes said the ceremony consists of a short program reviewing the history of the U.S. flag followed by a ceremony in which the flags are unfolded and placed into a burn barrel with scouts saluting. A bugler plays taps once all the flags have been retired.
Barnes has previously said the troop instructs the community each year on how to properly retire the flag and that they collect numerous flags from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the America Legion, churches and schools for the decommissioning.