Scouts BSA Troop 598 will be retiring several dozen American flags prior to the 4th of July holiday in a solemn ceremony on July 1, 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Park in Puyallup, 429 9th Ave. N.E. The flags have been collected by local Scouts, as well as members of the American Legion Post #67 and the Puyallup area Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Scouts will conduct a solemn ceremony prior to burning of the flags in a fire pit built by members of the American Legion Post, which is the charter organization of Troop 598. Federal guidelines state that when the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. National Scouting policy states: “When the national flag is worn beyond repair, burn it thoroughly and completely on a modest, but blazing fire. This should be done in a simple manner with dignity and respect. Be sure the flag is reduced to ashes unrecognizable as a former flag.”
Scouts BSA Troop 598 is part of the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America which is responsible for Scouting units across the South Sound from Federal Way down to Chehalis and from the Washington coast to the Cascade foothills. Leading Troop 598 is Scoutmaster Dr. Carl Youngquist and Committee Chair Chris Bennis. Marvin Burnett is the American Legion Post #67 Commander.