Scouts Burn Flags In Retirement Ceremony

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts burned flags that had become tattered and worn from exposure to the elements.


Young boys carried twigs and logs to a fire on an empty lot just north of St. Haralambos Church in Niles Monday, stoking the flames with new fuel.

The youths, from Cub Scout Pack 821 and Boy Scout Troop 821 at St. Haralambos, were participating in a flag retirement ceremony. 

While a color guard from the Niles Police Department stood at attention and members of the Niles Fire Department kept their eyes on a bonfire whose smoke was curling up towards a tall tree branch, Troop Leader George Alpogianis reminded the boys that the flag stands for freedom, and that tattered and worn flags must be disposed of with dignity, by burning.

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The boys then took turns carrying the flags to the bonfire and tossing them on it, watching them burn within moments.

The flags had been displayed by the village of Niles, at various points around town, and become weather-beaten, said Anthony Dati, who works for the village's Public Services department.

See the video to watch the Scouts fulfilling the solemn duty.

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Jac Charlier August 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
As a fellow Scouter, member of the National Eagle Scout Association and member of American Legion Post #134 in Morton Grove, thank you to the Scouts who provided this opportunity for the community to properly retire American flags. Our American Legion Post retires flags year round and it is a great thing to see Scouts making this service available. Thank you Scouts!


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