Aliso Viejo Boy Scout troop to host official flag retirement ceremony June 14
Boy Scout Troop 700 of Aliso Viejo will host a ceremony for retiring tattered American Flags on Flag Day - Thursday, June 14.
The public ceremony is at 7 p.m. at Orange County Fire Authority Fire Station 57, on the corner of Pacific Park and Journey.
Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating that day as Flag Day.
The flag retiring ceremony is held to properly destroy - by burning - worn, damaged or otherwise unserviceable American flags in a dignified manner. In many cities including Aliso Viejo, it's not uncommon to see examples of Old Glory weathering beneath the bright sun. The United States Flag Code states: "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning."
The flag retiring ceremony will include proper homage and the disposition of the flags by the Boy Scout Troop 700 color guard and Veterans honor guard.
A free reception will follow the ceremony. The public is invited.
Flags collected at Aliso Viejo City Hall, 12 Journey, will be properly disposed of during the ceremony. Old, unserviceable American flags can be dropped off to Gracie Duran during City Hall business hours. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Chris Souza at 949-584-5584 or e-mail email@example.com for flag removal arrangements.
The City of Aliso Viejo, which incorporated July 1, 2001, encompasses approximately 7 square miles with over 46,123 residents. The City's annual budget is approximately $21 million. The budget is available on the City's website at www.cityofalisoviejo.com. The City supports a thriving business community with companies such as Pacific Life Insurance Co.; United Parcel Service (UPS); Clarient; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; Q-Logic; Lennar Homes; Buy.Com; Fluor Daniel; Pepsi Bottling, Inc.; Shea Homes; the Renaissance ClubSport Hotel; and Bausch and Lomb. Aliso Viejo has 23 parks, vast open space and top-notch amenities including the Aliso Viejo Ranch and the City's new Conference Center and Aquatic Center. The City of Aliso Viejo welcomes you to "Experience It All." For more information, visit www.cityofalisoviejo.com.