The boy finally called yesterday afternoon. I was so excited, if I could have, I would have done a jig.
A few weeks ago, the boy went to spend the day with my parents. He came home with 2 flags to retire. You should never fly a flag that is dirty, faded, or torn in any way.
He asked if I’d like to help. I had never seen a flag retired before, so I said sure.
The first thing you do is beg to use your mother’s best Gingher scissors, and cut the stripes out.
Then you cut out the field.
After your flag is all cut up, you must start your fire.
No flint and steel for this Boyscout…it is cheating fire starter all the way.
You burn the stripes first.
Then the field.
Always being respectful to the flag.
Bury the ashes when they have cooled.
You don’t have to be a Boyscout to retire a flag. You just need a pair of scissors, fire starter, and respect.