It was a cold, clear September night and the Cub Scouts and families of Pack #3344 were bundled up and gathered attentively around a fire ring on their final night of their fall camping trip at Chain O Lakes State Park. For them, it was their first flag retirement ceremony. Under the direction of Jen Phelps, Committee Chairperson, and Mike Marcum, Cubmaster, the Scouts learned about the colors of our flag, how to honor it and how and when to properly retire a worn flag. They learned that a flag is no longer a flag when it is cut into pieces.
While the fire was being built, the Webelos, the oldest scouts, cut the flags before burning. Then all the scouts lined up and one by one, they added a piece of the flags to the fire. Afterwards, the adult leaders added the remaining flag pieces. A moment of silence was held and the Scouts and their families remained around the fire observing, honoring and reflecting on their flag. For several hours, the ashes were tended to and, as required, the fire was never left alone. When cool, the ashes were collected by Mike Marcum and then laid to rest the following morning.
If anyone has a worn American Flag they would like to donate to the Scouts for retirement, please contact Jen Phelps at 260-435-1670 or you may drop them off at the Waynedale United Methodist Church, Attn: Scouts.
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