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Boy Scouts of America Troop 51 to Hold Flag Retirement Memorial Ceremony on Friday

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

IMG_2292-e1560338115831-1024x1024-1CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A flag retirement memorial ceremony will be held at the Clarion Cemetery on Friday, June 14.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 51 in Clarion conducts an honorable flag retirement ceremony each year.

This ceremony is a respectable way to retire worn out American flags that are no longer a fitting emblem of display. Burning is the preferred method of retiring the American flag, and after the ceremony, the ashes need to be disposed of in a dignified manner. In the past, Scoutmasters would take the ashes and sprinkle them around the headstones of Veterans who were buried in local cemeteries.

Troop 51 Scoutmaster Woody Whitling had an idea to create a memorial site for the ashes of the retired American flags. Woody contacted the Clarion Cemetery Association to inquire if there was a space for a memorial within the Clarion Cemetery. The Clarion Cemetery Association was more than eager to help by providing a designated area near the Veteran’s Memorial within the cemetery. After securing a memorial location Woody worked with Borland Memorials in Leeper, Pa., Clarion American Legion Post 66, and Clarion VFW 2145 who all generously provided support for the project.

Through these combined efforts, the memorial has been constructed and will be dedicated on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2019. The dedication ceremony will be held at the Clarion Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

During the memorial dedication, Boy Scout Troop 51 will assist in retiring one American flag. The remainder of the worn out flags will be respectfully retired by Troop 51 on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Clarion Moose Lodge.

Those who have an American flag that needs to be retired are welcome to bring it to the memorial dedication ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, June 14. Worn out flags are also being collected at the Clarion American Legion, Clarion VFW, Clarion Moose, or Fisher and Father Auto Parts in Clarion.

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