Lenexa Boy Scout troop retires American Flags with honor

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 18:46:37-04

Flag Day is a time to celebrate American history and independence. It's also a time when people decide to retire their won American Flags. Once a flag is so tattered, it's no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country.

Several organizations joined efforts Wednesday morning, hosting a retirement ceremony in Washington Square Park. Boy Scout Troop 123 of Lenexa, Kansas was there, collecting flags to be destroyed in a dignified manner. 

The troop says many young people don't know the meaning behind Flag Day and they were at the ceremony to spread the word. 

"Flag day means honoring the veterans and also the flag and remembering our history so we can look forward to the future," said Jonty Harris-Webster of Boy Scout Troop 123. 

Wednesday night, the public is invited to bring their old and weathered American Flags to be retired with honor. The event will take place at Lakeview Village, 9100 Park Street in Lenexa from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The flag folding ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.