Thursday, March 23, 2023

Oxford High School JROTC to Hold Flag Retirement Ceremony


The Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC will be holding an American flag retirement ceremony on March 27 at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of 307 W. Jackson Ave.

Typically seen as an act of anti-patriotism, the flags are only allowed to be burned by the military, boy scouts to ROTC. As part of the ceremony, the stripes will be cut, a member of the ROTC will speak of the meaning behind each color of the flag, then it will be folded and placed in a flaming 50-gallon barrel. The ashes and metal rings are then buried on American soil to complete the retirement.

The event is being led by the juniors in the 90-member program led by Col. Doug Cromwell, the JROTC instructor.

“Each year he tasks the third-year cadets to plan events, make sure they run smoothly and to carry them out,” said junior cadet Sidney Cotton.”It is a test of leadership and our planning capabilities.”

In addition to members of the fire department, Cotton plans to have members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, police officers and a chaplain in attendance. Anyone from the community is also welcome to attend the event. If anyone has a dirty or torn flag that is in need of retirement, they are encouraged to contact the Oxford High JROTC program to donate.

Michael Quirk is a staff reporter and can be reached at