Boy Scout Troop 403 retires American Flags

| September 14, 2015

Under rainy skies, members of Boy Scout Troop Pack 403 learned the proper way to dispose of worn American flags. The public was invited to view the process. Jim Barstow of the Veterans Service Office, said he hopes to perform this ceremony on a regular basis to teach the public about proper flag disposal, and also to teach the youth in our county to respect the flag. After each flag undergoes a preparation process, it is then separated by its colors. First, the red stripes are burned, which signifies the blood shed by many Americans who defended her. Second, the white stripes are burned, which signifies the tears of the many Americans who have lost sons and daughters. Last, the blue field of stars is burned, which signifies the God’s heaven. One veteran who attended the ceremony as a member of the Honor Guard was George Leach, a World War Two Veteran. “I have never seen this done before,” he said. “I’ve heard about it being done, but I’ve never actually seen it done. It’s interesting.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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