Boy Scout Jake Mellor, 14, separates the stripes of an American flag while keeping the stars in tact before a flag retirement ceremony Thursday evening at Freedom Park on Golden Gate Parkway in Naples. This is the ninth year the Boy Scouts of America Troop 243 in Naples has held the ceremony. About 400 flags were burned Thursday night. Scouting and Military personnel are the only two entities allowed to retire an American flag properly through burial or burning, said Thomas Birch, scout master of Troop 243. Lexey Swall/Staff

Photo by LEXEY SWALL

Boy Scout Jake Mellor, 14, separates the stripes of an American flag while keeping the stars in tact before a flag retirement ceremony Thursday evening at Freedom Park on Golden Gate Parkway in Naples. This is the ninth year the Boy Scouts of America Troop 243 in Naples has held the ceremony. About 400 flags were burned Thursday night. Scouting and Military personnel are the only two entities allowed to retire an American flag properly through burial or burning, said Thomas Birch, scout master of Troop 243. Lexey Swall/Staff

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