July 3rd Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Flag burning may sound like the least patriotic thing any American can take part in, but it’s actually quite the opposite for an annual July 3rd ceremony at Sinnissippi Park.

“It used to be the law in the United States that the flag was supposed to be burned in a proper ceremony and in a proper sober manner and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” said John Sutherland, Assistant Scout Master of Troop 23.

Sutherland grew tired of seeing flags being transported in garbage trucks, put into landfills or buried, so in 1997 he decided to start a flag retirement ceremony for the Wanchanagi District of the Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts and the scouts have been doing it every July 3rd since. The flags are retired ceremoniously in a way to remember all the men and women who have served this country.

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