Riderwood Cub Scout Pack 319 to hold flag-retirement ceremony Sunday

November 20, 2003

Cub Scout Pack 319 in Riderwood will hold a flag retirement ceremony Sunday afternoon, and is inviting the public to bring old or unusable American flags for the dignified destruction called for under federal law.

Spectators also are welcome at the 1 p.m. ceremony at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, at West Joppa and Old Court roads. It will feature an American Legion color guard and refreshments.

The procedure for flag retirement involves cutting the striped portion into small pieces, while the blue star field remains intact - the stars symbolic of the union of 50 states, which should not be broken.

Scouts will stand vigil over the fire until all traces of flag remnants are destroyed. The fire will be extinguished and ashes and grommets buried, said Cubmaster David Treece.

Flags may be dropped off before the ceremony.

Information: 410-321-1324.

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