When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag is retired with dignity and respect. Boy Scouts from Chillicothe and area troops conducted a flag retirement ceremony Saturday in Simpson Park.

When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag is retired with dignity and respect. Boy Scouts from Chillicothe and area troops conducted a flag retirement ceremony Saturday in Simpson Park. There were 252 U.S. flags retired. See Photo Gallery Most of the flags had been retrieved from the flag depository at the Livingston County Courthouse during the last two years. To prepare the flag for retirement, each flag is cut into four pieces: three red and white striped banners and the blue star field. The blue field is left intact because no one should ever let the union be broken. The flag retirement station is located at Simpson Park and was construction as an Eagle Scout project in 2013. The ceremony was part of the Boy Scout Camporee, which began Friday evening with a movie and continued through Sunday. In addition to the flag retirement ceremony, the scouts also spread mulch around trees in the park and went swimming at Chilli Bay Water Park.