Beebe Senior ROTC Members Perform Flag Retirement Ceremony

Mar 15th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Education

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By Charlotte

Paquette

Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what happens to old flags when they become worn and tattered? When a flag is no longer fit for service it is given a dignified end it deserves.

On March 7, the Beebe High School Sr. ROTC members held a Flag Retirment Cermenony at Westbrook Funeral Home where old flags  were burnt and placed in a Urn and then buried beside the Veterns Memorial Headstone.

Cadet/1Lt Tanner Matone (Flag Bearer) read the Flag Retirement Script shown below. Members of the Flag Retirerment Detail were:  Flag Bearer Cadet/1Lt Tanner Matone, 2Lt Caleb Gentry, Cadet/2Lt Anna Spikes, Cadet/1Lt Austin Stevens, Cadet/SrA Victoria Jones.

Flag Retirement Script

United States Flag Code dictates when a flag has become no longer fit for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.

Our flag is the symbol of the United States of America, but have you ever stopped to think about what it stands for?

The blue stands for the valor of our country in its enduring fight for freedom

The white stands for the purity in our hearts, as well as, the honor each of us shows to our country.

The red stands for the blood spilled and courage taken to defend and stand up for our great country.

Our flag is more than a cloth shaped into a design.

Our flag is the refuge of the world’s oppressed people.

Our flag is the silent sentinel of freedom.

Our flag is the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on Earth.

Now, this flag is no longer fit for service and will be given the dignified end it deserves.