EDMOND -- Get that flag with the frayed edges out of the closet and bring it to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. for a proper flag retirement ceremony.
Kyle Mauk, a Boy Scout in Troop 479 chartered by Edmond's First Christian Church, is trying to earn his Eagle Scout rank by providing an honorable and dignified flag retirement event for Edmond and the surrounding area.
Reverence for the US flag is vital to all areas of Scouting. It is so central to the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America that a flag patch comes embroidered on every uniform. When a flag has reached the end of its useful service, a meaningful retirement service should follow.
The US Flag Code specifies that when the flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Boy Scout troops regularly provide this service for American flags that have waved over too many campouts and other Scouting events. Unfortunately, homeowners frequently keep using tattered flags because they don't know how to dispose of them properly.
Kyle Mauk's Eagle Scout project is to invite the community to bring their worn out flags and let the Scouts provide an appropriate retirement for them. Souvenir grommets from the flags will be available to families wishing to keep a reminder of flags with special significance to them.
“I looked everywhere for a project directly related to veterans and couldn't find one,” Mauk said about choosing his project. “This to me, now that I've worked on it, is an even greater project. Our flags are veterans too. They are everywhere we go and I hope everyone comes to an understanding and appreciation as I have."
To participate in the event, contact Kyle Mauk at 420-9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.