. I'm not sure if I'm mad or sad. A little of both, I guess. TODAY, June 14th, 2010, a local TV station, KVAL, did a "Flag Day" news story on a local troop of Boy Scouts "retiring" American Flags. The Scouts and their troop leader said mostly the "right" things about the Flag, the "Flag Code", disposing of worn out Flags in a respectful manner, etc. Then they started CUTTING UP the Flags. On camera. http://www.kval.com/home/video/96335479.html Folks, after reading all of the threads here about "retiring" Flags and the "proper" and "respectful" ways of doing so, to me the most "problematic" of them has been the 10,000 or so (exaggerated) different "ceremonies" that involve cutting the Flag into bits & pieces before burning it. I've tried to keep an "open mind" about it. In fact, I'm still trying to. Honest. It's one thing to READ about people (usually some kind of "scouts") following and performing strange, ritualist ceremonies of cutting up Flags to burn them. But to actually WATCH them do it..... UGH ! I wish I had the words and the eloquence to convince the various Scouting "entities" to cease and desist the barbaric practice of cutting up the American Flag before respectfully "retiring" it by rendering it to the flames. Sorry to be so "down"..... Robin Hickman Eugene, Oregon, USA .