SNAPSHOTS: Scouts provide community service, flag retirement

Boy Scout Troop 515 held its second annual flag retirement campout at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Oakdale Aug. 17 and 18. The boys formally folded more than 100 United States flags, and throughout a 24-hour period, they performed traditional flag retirement rituals.

Flags should be retired when they have frayed edges, rips or noticeable fading, and can generally be brought to any VFW or American Legion post for retirement. In the Review coverage area, flags can also be brought to Ace Hardware, 2220 Highway 36, North St Paul; Fleet Farm, 5635 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale; or House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 6039 50th St. N., Oakdale.

Remember: Never let the flag touch the ground.

One of the flag retirement ceremonies used by the Scouts involves quartering a flag and adding each section individually to a fire.

As with most flag retirement ceremonies, it is traditional to pay respects by saluting, observing a moment of silence or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The fire cannot be extinguished until the flag has completely burned. The ashes of the flag should then be buried.

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