On Feb. 3, scouts and leaders from Marathon’s Boy Scout Troop 901 were joined by Cub Scouts from Marathon’s Pack 901, city officials and residents to respectfully retire more than 700 United States flags behind Marathon City Hall. As part of the ceremony, attendees were treated to a short history of the flag and its various iterations throughout the country’s history.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the procedure for retiring worn-out flags by respectfully burning them was established via a resolution passed by the American Legion in 1937.
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