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Trey Blackmon, 14, left, and other Boy Scouts fold flags that need to be retired before burning them in 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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Trey Blackmon, 14, left, and other Boy Scouts fold flags that need to be retired before burning them in 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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  • Trey Blackmon, 14, left, and other Boy Scouts fold flags that need to be retired before burning them in 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Kai Brown, from left, Luke Weisbecker, Morgan Bock, Eli Bickford and Trey Blackmon fold a flag that needs to be retired before burning them in 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
  • Cub Scout Taylor Brouillard, 7, gets help from his dad Paul Brouillard folding a flag that needs to be retired before burning them in 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Scenes from 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
  • Luke Henning, second from left, and other Boy Scouts wait to place flags in the fire during 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
  • Scenes from 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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