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June 13, 2014

Boy Scouts to retire flags past their prime

— In conjunction with Flag Day, area Boy Scouts plan a ceremony to show the community how to care for the American flag.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 2100 in Richland Township will hold the event Saturday in the parking lot of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave., where they’ll collect old flags for retirement and then have a disposal service.

The collection will run from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Scoutmaster Rob Fisher said that people can learn about flag etiquette at the retirement ceremony, which will follow the collection.  

“It’s important to handle the flag properly and treat it with respect,” Fisher said. “A lot of people are not well versed on how to display and fold the flag and the proper procedures you should go through.”

The event will wrap up with the Scouts burning the retired flags.

“There are several ways, according to U.S. code, on how to burn a flag,” Fisher said. “We’ll discuss those different ways and how to do them.”

There is no charge to drop off a flag or attend the ceremony, and new American flags will be available for purchase.

Fisher hopes to make the collection and ceremony an annual event. The troop has plans to place collection boxes throughout the area where people can drop off old and worn flags.

“It’s important for our boys to understand the impact of the flag, but it’s also to build public awareness,” Fisher said.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

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