FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY HELD AT AMERICAN LEGION -When the United States flag (Old Glory) becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be “retired” with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation’s flag. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean that one should simply drop the entire flag (intact) into a fire. A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. On June 14th, Flag Day, members of Venture Crew 461 and Boy Scout Troop 60 met at the Mountain top American Legion 781 to perform the flag retirement ceremony. June 14th is designated as Flag Day because it commemorates the day the first American Flag was approved, June 14th, 1777. The flag has been altered 26 times since its inception. The current U. S. Flag was designed by 17 year old Boy Scout, Bob Heft, as part of a school project; President Eisenhower approved his design as our official flag two years later. Shown, front from left: Venture Crew 461: Emily Anderson, Eli Dove, Caitlin Croke, and Mario Naticchi. Back: Boy Scout Troop 60: ASM Don Havard, ASM Evette Koshinski, ASM Ed Dopp, Matthew Dopp, Joey Taylor, Nathan Dopp, David Havard, and Ben Koshinski.