Chicopee Boy Scouts take part in flag retirement ceremony

The scouts took part in this ageless ceremony to show respect for the flag at the Moose Family Center in Chicopee

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – The flag retirement ceremony is almost as old as the United States itself. Saturday, Boy Scouts in Chicopee learned all about it.

The scouts took part in this ageless ceremony to show respect for the flag at the Moose Family Center in Chicopee. Hundreds of used flags were burned in this time honored observance.

Melanie Tresler told 22News, “Proper disposal of a flag that has been weathered and tarnished, no longer in use it’s the proper way we’re trying to teach these scouts the proper way to retire a flag.”

Michael Sheehan said, “These are used flags from all over Chicopee, from moose organization, flags flying at bob pion, veteran service flags.”

There’s no limit to the number of worn out flags retired under the supervision of veterans organizations in western Massachusetts and across the country.

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