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Brazil: Flag Day
Dia da Bandeira, 19 November
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Flag Burning Ceremony
Article 32 of the Brazilian flag law says, "Flags in a bad state of repair
should be delivered to any military unit to be incinerated on Flag Day [19
November] according to the special ceremonial procedure." The Armed Forces
Regulation on Honors, Salutes, Signs of Respect, and
Military Ceremonial, 8 August 2000, sets out this ceremonial procedure in article 162:
Joseph McMillan, 28 October 2002
- The flags to be incinerated are deposited on a pyre or in a metal
receptacle located near the flag pole where the Flag Day flag-hoisting
ceremony is to take place [a special ceremonial raising of the flag at noon
before the assembled troops], and soaked with alcohol.
- The commander directs the reading of the Order of the Day, setting out the
significance of the day and of the ceremonies.
- After the reading, a party consisting of the oldest member of the unit and
the best turned-out set fire to the flags.
- The flags having been incinerated, the ceremony proceeds with the singing
of the "Hymn to the Flag." In the navy, the singing is preceded by a 21-gun
The ashes are placed in an urn and buried at an appropriate location on
the military post or cast into the sea in the case of a ship.
Apparently, state military police units (which are sort a like a
gendarmerie, but under state rather than federal authority) also conduct