Boy Scout Troop 91 is collecting worn, frayed, and unserviceable U.S. flags as part of their current service project. They will dispose of the flags in an honorable and respectful way, according to an informational flyer posted by the troop. This is the first year Troop 91, composed mainly of 11- and 12-year-olds, has performed this service.
“Many citizens likely put up new flags for Flag Day or Independence Day, and might be wondering how to dispose of their old, frayed flags,” Jamie Craig, Troop 91’s Scout Master, wrote in an email to the Times.
A placard posted on collection containers includes this reference to the United States Code: “(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning” (United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8).
Once flags have been collected, Troop 91 plans to conduct a formal ceremony to retire the flags. Dressed in full uniform, they will say the Pledge of Allegiance and salute the flag. The troop will give speeches about the history of the flag, before burning the flags to destroy them completely, leaving no torn fragments.
Flags may be deposited in storage containers located outside of the following locations: American Legion Post 186 Edgartown, American Legion Post 257 V.H., Chappaquiddick Community Center, Chilmark Fire Department, Aquinnah Fire Department, West Tisbury Fire Department, and Oak Bluffs Fire Department.