Boy Scouts retire flags in special ceremony

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Boy Scouts prepare to present colors at the flag retirement ceremony Saturday, Nov. 23. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Boy Scout Troop 319 hosted a United States flag retirement ceremony at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anza Saturday, Nov. 23. Despite the cold and blustery day, the event was well-attended. Anza Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1873 members, Boy Scout leaders and Boy Scouts gave short speeches, and the Boy Scouts retired several flags by burning them to ashes, as dictated by tradition. The colors were presented by veterans and Boy Scouts, the Pledge of Allegiance recited and the event got underway. According the Boy Scout Handbook, “As a good turn, Scouts can volunteer to help replace faded and tattered flags in their communities and to conduct flag retirement ceremonies for those that have been taken down.” [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="113
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