4-H Shooting Club holds flag retirement ceremony

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By Staff


I was born on June 14, 1777

I am more than cloth shaped into a design

I am the refuge of the world’s oppressed people.

I am the silent sentinel of freedom.

I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on Earth.

I am the inspiration for which American Patriots gave their lives and fortunes.

I have led your sons in to battle from Valley Forge to the blistering desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

I walked in silence with each of your honored dead to their final resting place beneath the silent white crosses, row upon row.

I have flown through peace and war, strife and prosperity, and amidst it all I have been respected.


The July meeting of the Nelson County 4-H shooting sports club began with a United States Flag Retirement ceremony. The ceremony was lead by Major Tim Culver of the Second Battalion 138th Field Artillery Division. Culver is also a long time member of the club.

Many club members, who were in groups of four, assisted by escorting the flags in this occasion, as the flags were retired one by one. The retirement of a United States flag is not a sad occasion because we are only releasing their spirit so that they can continue to serve us in our thoughts.

The U.S. Flag Code reads “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably burning.” The club had 13 flags to be retired. These flags have fulfilled their duty to the country. They have become worn and tattered and are ready to be retired with honor. As a new flag was raised over the range there was a moment of silence, in remembrance of the retired flags, and in respect for the new one.

After the ceremony was complete the club continued with its usual monthly meeting. The club discussed old and new business, and then the shooting sports team had its monthly practice as it prepares for the state shooting sports competition in September.

Members of the Central Kentucky Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation were also on hand at the meeting, and after all of the morning events were finished they grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the 4-H members to show their appreciation for all the service projects that the club organizes in conjunction with their chapter.