Flag retirement service offered by local Boy Scouts

June 2 T Flag Retirement Service

The Stars and Stripes and Vermont State flag of Shelburne Troop 602 flew above Omaha Beach during the BSA Normandy Camporee this spring.

Saturday, June 14 is Flag Day. The American flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the 13 United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

With every new state, Congress added a star to the blue field. Vermont is often referred to as the “14th Star” as it was the first state to be adopted into the Union after the American Revolution. President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 and the U.S. Congress codified the date in 1949.

Americans take great pride in their national flag. When a flag is frayed, torn, stained, or faded, it is retired and disposed of properly: with respect and dignity. If you have a flag that needs to be retired, please deposit it at the Shelburne Town Offices. Shelburne Boy Scout Troop 602 will retire all flags at a solemn, private ceremony later this summer. If you have questions, please contact Scoutmaster Jim Brangan at jbrangan@lcbp.org

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