The US Flag Code describes the proper method of retiring worn or tattered American flags. Senior Patrol Leader Michael Dhondt says the process begins with cutting away the blue field with the 50 stars.
After the remaining part of the flag with the red and white stripes is cut into sections, it is burned.
The Troop burned about three hundred worn out flags.
Alan Goda from Troop 63 in Gorham reads part of the flag retirement script
Troop 43 gathers around the fire
Putting flags into the fire
Preparing flags for burning
Worn flags ready for retirement
Scout Alex Lyons performs part of the ceremony
Scout Cole Eggburtson performs part of the ceremony