"Old Glory" flies proudly over government buildings, schools, stadiums, even private homes, and when the flag gets old and tattered the proper thing to do is retire it with honor.
Each year organizations such as American Legion Post 375 in Southport take in flags and officially take them out of service. On Saturday, Boy and Girl Scouts came out to help retire the nearly 400 flags the post has collected in the past year. The post commander says these ceremonies teach patriotism and respect.
"We have an area here that is military and they respect the flag and they respect the community we respect the community where here for the community our veterans and out children and that is why we try to have functions to educate them," says the Post Commander.
Old Glory's ashes will be buried to complete the flag retirement.