Boy Scouts help to retire American flags


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thursday was Flag Day, and Oakdale Cemetery marked the occasion by retiring American Flags which were worn, torn, or faded.

The proper way to retire an American flag is to burn it, but it must first be cut into small pieces so it is no longer considered a flag.

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The Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Boy Scout Troop #232, and the Laney High School Jr. ROTC all participated in the ceremony at Oakdale Cemetery.

After the burning, the remains of the flags are placed in a special casket created by Eagle Scout Tab Taylor. He says the project was very special.

Taylor says he built the casket for his Eagle Scout project, and this is the second flag retirement ceremony that has made use of it.