Fort McHenry Composite Squadron Celebrates Flag Day with a Flag Retirement Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
Written by Will Kool   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 00:00

CATONSVILLE, MD – On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 members of the Ft. McHenry Composition Squadron conducted a flag retirement ceremony in celebration of Flag Day outside the Catonsville National Guard Armory during their weekly meeting. Even though most members were aware that respectful burning is the proper way of disposing old and worn flags, very few have ever performed or witnessed the procedure. Afterwards, comments indicated that members had a deeper appreciation for the symbolism and meaning of the flag, and experienced feelings of honor, respect, humility, and reverence.

The ceremony was planned and organized by Major Sherry McManus, which began with the senior and cadet flights forming together as a squadron. The program included the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation by Chaplain Gus Peters, and a reflective tribute read in sections by about 15 different cadets and senior members. A cadet detail cut the flag into prescribed sections, and placed them on a contained fire. After the squadron was dismissed to resume activities of the regular meeting, additional flags were retired throughout the evening.

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