April 26, 1999
Scouts from Troop 420 helped retire flags in the proper manner. Back--Sean Kellogg, master of ceremonies; middle--Mike Ocheltree, Kellen Grodon, Sabasian Lew, John Baldwin; front--Mac Ocheltree, Spencer Smith, John Hosea, and Andy Briggs.
Photo courtesy of Troop 420.
A crowd of thirty parents, scoutmasters, and Kiwanians gathered to watch as the scouts of Troop 420 executed flag retirement ceremonies on March 27 at the Bothell United Methodist church, the sponsor of Troop 420. It was a joint project for the Kiwanis and the boys of Troop 420.
The Kiwanis Club of Northshore had 24 flags that needed to be retired because they were either faded or torn. These flags had flown over Bothell and Kenmore businesses collectively in excess of 3,360 times during the last 20-plus years. Because flags are the symbols the United States, they needed to be reverently retired by being burned.
According to Kiwanian Frank Weed, "It is ironic that most people think of the American flag and fire as a method of protest because of the Vietnam War protests of the '60s. In reality, the flag is a symbol of this nation and its people and the fire is symbolic of the citizens' love for their nation."