SMITHSBURG - The air temperature was hot Tuesday, but it was nothing compared to that of the flames engulfing the tattered American flags that were "retired" during a Boy Scout ceremony in Smithsburg.
Boy Scout Troop 14's first flag-retiring ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park was held in conjunction with Flag Day. About two dozen people, most of whom were active scouts or their parents, attended.
Scoutmaster Jeff Weaver said 28 flags were collected for the ceremony.
They were soaked in kerosene, ignited in a black container and turned into ash within minutes. Weaver said, as is customary with the ashes of a "retired" flag, the ashes will be buried at a later date.