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It is our position that the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Indiana War Memorials Commission are providing a valuable community service by collecting tattered U.S. flags and giving them a proper retirement. When a flag is old, worn, tattered or frayed and no longer is in a condition befitting a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed privately in a dignified matter, preferably by burning.

This year, the Girl Scouts and Indiana War Memorials Commission are partnering with the 500 Festival to also collect flags the morning of the IPL 500 Festival Parade, which is May 25. On that Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., the public may take their tattered U.S. flags to the top of the north steps at the Indiana War Memorial for collection by Girl Scouts.

“Patriotism and service are at the heart of the Girl Scouts’ mission,” said Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. “This is such a terrific learning opportunity for girls across central Indiana.

The flags will be properly retired during ceremonies conducted this summer during Girl Scout day camps and resident camps located throughout central Indiana.

For flag collection information or to make a donation, visit www.girlscoutsindiana.org.


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