On June 13th , 2020, ARCHES Academy students, staff, and guests got together to celebrate our nation’s flag over a round of pancakes and sausage. After enjoying some fresh-cooked breakfast, the Honor Guard from our local American Legion post helped to retire a massive American Flag which had become worn over time and, therefore, was in need of appropriate retirement.
In the weeks prior to the event, students and staff of ARCHES had carefully removed the seams of the huge flag, separating all of the pieces by color. During the ceremony, students provided patriotic readings including sharing about the meaning of each of the colors and pieces of the flag. As each color or piece was named, the Honor Guard gave a student that piece to place in the bin. At the end of the ceremony, Mrs. Edwards explained the ways this fire must be different from others in order to be a respectful way to retire a flag. Then, the American Legion Honor Guard lit the fire and played Taps on the bugle. Families then visited respectfully while the fire burned itself out. It was a beautiful service that helped students learn how important our flag is to us as Americans as a symbol of our country.