Flags Retired At Legion Ceremony
Murray County American Legion Post 148 held their annual formal flag retirement program Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Veterans Memorial Park on West 11th Street. Sulphur Boy Scout Troop 160 and Cub Scout Pack 160 assisted the Legionnaires with the ceremony. Respected flag protocol calls for tattered and worn out flags to be formally “retired” by burning them in a ceremony performed at sunset. The Legion burned American and Oklahoma flags. Flag protocol also calls for the ashes to be buried in a later ceremony.
The Boy Scouts, dressed in Class A uniforms and wearing ceremonial red berets, opened the program with a flag presentation and Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a Scout presenting the first American flag to a Legionnaire for burning, as another Scout played }
“Taps” on a bugle. Cub and Boy Scouts then continued to present hundreds of flags for retirement that evening. Legionnaires manned several burn barrels under the watchful eyes of Sulphur Fire Department firemen.
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