BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A flag retirement ceremony, complete with a 21-gun salute, was held outside of the St. George Fire District complex Tuesday evening in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.
Boy Scout Troop 888 in Baton Rouge hosted the fourth annual flag retirement ceremony. Louisiana National Guard Major William Saint was the guest speaker at the event.
A United States flag is retired when it becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled.
The U.S. Flag code states that, "the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
The ceremony happened just two days before the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
"I watched those planes crash into the twin towers. I watched the smoke filling the air over the pentagon. Over and over. And just like all of you here our lives changed forever after that day," said Major Saint.
During the retirement of the flags, "TAPS was played in solemn tribute to our Fallen Heroes from 9/11 and all soldiers lost in any battle, war or acts of aggression against the United States of America," said a news release from Troop 888 Scoutmaster Todd Drummond.
More remembrance ceremonies are scheduled, one being from the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, at 7:46 a.m., the Baton Rouge Fire Department will observe a moment of silence at all 19 fire stations. The moment of silence will last for one minute and their trucks and crews will stand in front of each station.