It has become an annual event at the Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts (CSLA): the retirement of the United States Flag.

The 7th grade class conducts a very solemn, educational program each year, and on Wednesday, Channel 3 was invited to witness the event.

According to the United States Flag Code, the flag should be retired when it is in such condition that is "no longer a fitting emblem for display" and should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning it.

The flag is being retired because it is no longer fit to serve the nation.

At CSLA, 7th graders say it's all about respect. 

The U.S. Flag Code says the flag retirement ceremony should be a dignified event.

Students learn the meaning of each star and stripe, the flag's history, and the importance of handling it properly.

Once the flag is deemed retired, the most common and preferred way to retire a flag is by burning it.

The program has great meaning, and a strong effect on the young people who participate.