A service that is required for the proper disposal of flags no longer fit for flying.
Years ago you'd find a few dozen Scouts - the older ones helping the younger ones understand the importance of what they are doing. The older ones had learned it when they were little being taught by the older Scouts some of whom are now scout leaders.
It was tradition passed down.
Tonight only a couple Scouts and a couple scout leaders were there. Mike Gardinier, in a full dress suit helped tend the burn pit where the flags were retired. Only a couple hundred were retired in Franklin's ceremony.
There used to be thousands.
It wasn't like the old days. Scouts seem to be fading into history as troops are disbanding and fewer parents are getting their kids involved or being involved themselves as scout masters or volunteers. If it wasn't evident before, it sure was at Franklin's Flag Day ceremony.
The time it takes to cut the stars on the blue field from the stripes might not be as worth anymore as folks aren't as interested as they were years ago to learn about respect and the dignity of the flag and nation.
And coming together in a place place and time to learn the history of the symbol of America an, in turn, learn a little more about ourselves as a people just doesn't matter anymore
Times change and so do priorities.