On April 17 we went to Daniels Park, where Jared held a flag retirement ceremony. To retire a flag by burning it, you first tear it into 14 pieces. Each stripe is a piece and the field of stars is a piece. You then lay each stripe on the fire as it represents one of the thirteen original colonies. After all of the stripes have been burned you kiss the field of stars and lay it on the fire. However, remember that Boy Scouts are one of the only groups allowed to retire an American flag.