On Tuesday, Oct. 24, about 500 U.S. flags were properly retired by local Boy Scout Troop 403.
The Ormond Beach Boy Scout Troop 403 held a flag retirement ceremony for about 500 flags in the grounds of the Christ Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
"When we dispose the flags correctly, it shows respect to our country, instead of disrespecting it, and showing pride that you're an American and you believe in our country and you're proud," said 13-year-old Bryce Wooten, senior patrol leader for Troop 403.
This was Wooten's first year planning the ceremony as senior patrol leader, though it is his third as a Boy Scout. He said they all plan the ceremonies during patrol leader counsels.
"The U.S. flag is more than just some brightly colored cloth," Wooten said during the ceremony. "It is a symbol of our nation."
Troop 403 has 42 members and they perform at least one flag retirement ceremony a year. Scoutmaster Bob Truilo said they receive flags throughout the year from people who want to make sure they are properly retired.
"As the parts of the flag are placed in the fire, remember old flags never die," Wooten said. "They just get fired up."