The North Bend Eagle


Flag retire
Cub Scouts Zach Beavers and Sam Beebe help properly dispose of retired American flags.

Scout projects cooperate to retire flags

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/14/20

Robert Kavan and Russel Raymond are both Life Scouts in Troop 110, working their way toward Eagle.

They each have spent a lot of time working on their Eagle project, something that requires planning, developing, and giving leadership to others in a service project helpful to their community. Ideally, the project should be a proud reminder of a significant accomplishment.

Though separate projects were completed by each Scout, they meshed together and thus were drawn to a completion Oct. 7. Kavan made a container to accept American flags that needed to be retired. Raymond’s project took care of the ceremonial retirement of these flags.

The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k, states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
So Raymond made a gas burner for the dignified retirement of these flags.

Last Wednesday Kavan held a drive to collect flags at the North Bend library, where the container will be permanently housed. Over 133 flags were collected.

That evening, Raymond’s gas ‘stove’ was set up at the North Bend-Morse Bluff Veterans’ Park and a very dignified ceremony was held to dispose of the flags. Ashes from these flags will be buried under a stone in the northwest corner of the veterans park.

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