Holy Angels Cub Scouts Honor, Retire American Flags
April 21, 2022
AURORA—Members of Cub Scout Pack #326 at Holy Angels Parish in Aurora recently performed a flag retirement ceremony of flags obtained from Aurora University. 
The pack’s Cubmaster, Jerry Swatek, stated, "We were contacted by Christine, a member of Aurora University’s facilities team, asking if the Scouts could dispose of flags that were no longer serviceable." 
The United States Flag Code outlines how flags should be disposed of respectfully: “When a U.S. flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Arrow of Light Scout Jackson Swatek retrieved the unserviceable flags from Aurora University. 
On March 26, Cub Scout Pack #326, along with Scouts from Boy Scout Troop #41 in Sugar Grove, performed a solemn flag retirement ceremony. 
During the ceremony each flag was unfolded and honored one last time. The Scouts saluted the flag while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Before each flag was placed in the fire, the Scouts were invited to dedicate it to people of their choosing. 
After dedication, each flag was placed into the center of the fire. Members of the color guard made sure the entire flag was in the fire so it was fully retired into ashes. 
“We were incredibly honored that Aurora University entrusted Pack #326 to retire their flags,” said Swatek. “Being a good citizen and instilling civic duty is a big part of our program.” 
Learn more about Cub Scout Pack #326 at www.cubscoutpack326.org
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