Girl Scouts learn how to retire American flags

Nearly 100 scouts, staff and members of the public were on hand for the flag burning ceremony.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 5:28 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 5:28 PM

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana learned the proper way to dispose of an American flag Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 100 scouts, staff and members of the public were on hand for the flag burning ceremony.

The girls learned about the importance of the ceremony and the respect that is paid to the flag.

The six flags that were retired were collected by the Indiana War Memorials Commission, the 500 Festival, Visit Indy and IPL.

Camp director, Deborah Thomas, said it's an educational process for everyone, not just the girls.

"A lot of times we have adult volunteers here and they have never seen a flag retirement ceremony until we do it here at camp. We just feel it's important to introduce the girls to it so they're aware of it because they don't learn it anywhere else," said Thomas. "Part of being an American and being patriotic is learning about these traditions and flag etiquette and it's not taught in our schools anymore and there is really no other clubs or organizations where girls have the opportunity to learn this."

The Girl Scouts retire flags every Thursday night during the all-camp camp fire. The ceremonies are open to the public.

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