When your American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired properly and replaced with a new one. Lyme residents can now retire their American flags in a special repository box at Lyme Town Hall, thanks to Theodore Wayland, a Life Scout from Troop 26 Boy Scouts.

For his Scout Eagle project, Wayland arranged to place repository boxes at our Town Hall, Old Lyme Town Hall and the Lymes’ Senior Center where townspeople can retire their U.S. flags. Wayland’s Scout troop, which hosts an annual flag-retirement ceremony at its local campsite each spring, will collect the flags and ensure they are retired respectfully and properly.

The goal of his Eagle project, which was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1467, is to help local residents better understand and facilitate the respectful retirement of U.S. flags. If you have an American flag you would like to retire, please place it in the repository box at Town Hall, which is located on the left in the vestibule as you enter the building.