It will surprise many people that the proper way to retire a damaged or tattered flag is to, in fact, burn it – but there is a method. The Beaufort Historic Site’s Living History Program will celebrate Flag Day with a demonstration of the proper procedure for retiring the old Red, White and Blue on Thursday, June 14th from 5-6pm on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site.
Doug Cawman will lead guests through the official procedure from start to finish. After the flag is cut into pieces, they are ceremoniously burned one by one, starting with the stripes and ending with the blue field. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flags that might be ready to be retired to take part in the event.