To commemorate Flag Day on Thursday, June 14, Brentwood Boy Scout Troop 792 erected American flags at the homes of 50 Brentwood residents to inspire patriotism and respect for the country.
The effort was part of the troop's Flag Project, which began in early February. Scoutmaster Scott Moravec and his Scouts set up and take down the 3x5-foot American flags at designated residences on patriotic holidays such as President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day for a $50 yearly donation.
In accordance with the U.S. Flag Code, the troop ceremoniously erects the flags in the early morning hours and takes them down by dusk. "Flag etiquette states that no flag should be flown after dark unless there's a light shining on it," Moravec said. "It's a sign of disrespect."
The troop also performs the task of properly retiring flags that are old, torn, tattered or damaged in any way. While there is no one particular ceremony to retire such flags, the mood is always the same - somber, reverent and respectful.
"We retire the flag at a campfire ceremony," Moravec said. "When we're lucky enough to have a (war) veteran with us, we allow them to talk about their experiences, the importance of the flag and what it means to them."
Moravec explained that after sentiments have been made about the flag, one of the Scouts plays "Taps" on a bugle or a trumpet, after which the flag is laid to rest over the flames. The Scouts maintain a vigil over the fire until all traces of the flag are consumed.
"It's a nice service to perform," Moravec said. "It teaches the Scouts respect for the flag - and for their country, for that matter."
To engage Troop 792 in the retiring of a flag or to subscribe to the troop's Flag Project, contact Scoutmaster Moravec at 634-8767.