Entries in American Flags (2)


Boy Scout Troop to Retire 2,000 American Flags

Chris Knorr / Design Pics / Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- A special needs Boy Scout Troop is set to retire over 2,000 American flags Saturday to benefit the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

According to the United States flag code, when an American flag is worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, to the point where it needs to be replaced, it’s time to “retire” the old flag through a respectful ceremony.
Troop leader Joe Vaughn says it's the largest flag retirement event ever.

“I have Googled it, I've Binged it,” Vaughn said. “2,000 flags have never been retired before.”

With each flag that is retired, the troop is asking for a dollar, and all the money collected goes to buy new flags for Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

“We decided since a lot of my boys are on [Social Security's Supplemental Security Income] and they've had state and federal help in the past that we wanted to pay it forward a little bit,” Vaughn explained.

There are many ways to respectfully retire a flag, all of which end by burning it, but the Boy Scouts have a special ceremony of their own.

The flag is cut into four pieces, and all four are then burned. The blue star-filled section is never to be cut, according to the Boy Scout’s website, as “it represents the union of the fifty states and one should never let the union be broken.”

While it is burning, scouts maintain a vigil over the fire, and recite a short eulogy for Old Glory.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


American Flags from Apollo Missions Still Standing

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University(WASHINGTON) -- American flags planted on the moon by Apollo astronauts are still standing, still casting shadows.

NASA sent six crews to land on the moon between 1969 and 1972.  New photos from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show all flags standing except the one posted by Apollo 11. That was not a surprise; astronaut Buzz Aldrin had reported he saw the flag blown over by the exhaust from their ship’s engine as they left the lunar surface.

“Personally I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did,” Mark Robinson, the principal investigator for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), said in a blog post.  Robinson suggests on his blog that the flags are most likely badly faded.

The images taken by the LROC are the sharpest ever taken in space, according to NASA.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in June 2009.  It circles the moon, often from altitudes of less than 20 miles, exploring the moon’s environment to prepare for future expeditions.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio