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Q: Flag Burning ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Flag Burning
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: nerfdawg-ga
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Posted: 29 Jun 2006 05:31 PDT
Expires: 29 Jul 2006 05:31 PDT
Question ID: 741987
I'd like to know the number of flag burning incidents in America
during the last 5 and 10 years. Please cite references.

Request for Question Clarification by thx1138-ga on 29 Jun 2006 06:59 PDT
That is going to be a very difficult question to answer as "retired
flags" are usually burnt.  See:

"On a crisp and windy Sunday morning, Concord held its traditional
flag retirement ceremony in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. With great respect
and ceremony, upwards of 1,000 flags were burned. They were gathered
from local residents, as well as from neighboring towns and as far
away as New Hampshire. Given our current great interest in patriotism
and the high number of flags flown since September 11th, there were
roughly double the normal number to retire."

Presumably you mean flags burnt in anger?
Subject: Re: Flag Burning
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 01 Jul 2006 01:59 PDT
Hi nerfdawg,

The Citizens Flag Alliance tracks all acts of flag desecration. Here's
that page where you can search by year. They are all cited:

Flag Desecration Acts

This is also very interesting:

Flag Burning Page


Search terms:
protest flag burning
Subject: Re: Flag Burning
From: irlandes-ga on 01 Jul 2006 15:56 PDT
A formal burning ceremony for a retired flag can be a very touching
event for anyone who ever served under that flag. I have seen the Boy
Scouts do this several times. The most touching ceremony I ever saw
was at Camp Alexander in Colorado.  They cycle their flags so every
week during the summer camping year, thus for every camping group,
they have a used flag which is worn out. After many years of this,
they have developed a really touching and memorable ceremony.

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