|Following the guidelines|
|We veered slightly from the guidelines and cut every strip separately as we wanted each girl to have a piece of the flag to throw into the fire at the fire ceremony|
|Even tho the flag has been cut it is still treated respectfully|
|The star panel is cut and left in a whole piece|
|During the fire ceremony each girl and leader read a part of the meaning of the flag|
Scout #1: Seven red stripes and six white strips; together they represent the original 13 colonies that gained us liberty.
Scout #2: The red stripes remind us of the lifeblood of brave men and women who were ready to die for this, their country.
Scout #3: The white stripes remind us of purity and cleanliness of purpose, thought, word and deed.
Scout #4: The blue is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens.
Scout #5: The stars represent the fifty sovereign states of our union.
Adult Leader: The U.S. flag should be treated with respect when it's flying, and it should be treated with respect when it's being retired.
Scout #6: The American Creed states, "it is my duty to my country to love it, to respect its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
Scout #7: Therefore, we retire flags with dignity and respect when they become worn, torn, faded, or badly soiled.
Adult Leader: This flag is ready to be retired. Its history is as follows:
First Raised (when): Alconbury Elementary school
At (location): Alconbury England
Memorable event or fact: Raised every day at 8:15 and lowered at 3:15
Scout #8: A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. We cut the flag into nineteen pieces: eigthtenn red and white striped banners and the blue star field. We leave the blue field intact because no one should ever let the union be broken.
Adult Leader: As the parts of the flag are placed in the fire remember... Old Flags never die, they just get fired up!
|Every girl added a piece of flag to the fire. The last piece thrown into the fire was the blue star field.|
|We had a moment of silence as a sign of respect to the flag.|