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Veterans Office to have flag retirement ceremony

| September 4, 2015

The Coshocton County Veterans Service Commission is having a public flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Park Campground Pavilion next to the shower and restroom facility.

The ceremony will be conducted by members of Cub Scout Pack #403 with members of the American Legion Post #65 and Coshocton County Veterans Honor Guard also participating.

The event will enable members of the general public to see first-hand how the American Flag is to be properly retired.

“Flag retirement is not only a community service, but it is also a learning experience for the scouts,” said Dr. Michael Woolery, Cubmaster for the Coshocton Cub Scout Pack #403. “It teaches them about patriotism, duty to country, and respect for the flag of the United States.”

Veteran Service Officer and Honor Guard member Jim Barstow is excited to be involved in the event as it will help educate the public and believes it will bring those from the different generations together with the Cub Scouts working directly with members of the Honor Guard, some whom have served as far back as World War II.

“The flags that we intend to retire were brought in by community members that had them at their homes, schools, or building,” said Barstow. “Now they’ll be retired with dignity and respect. Some people just don’t know better and they just throw the flag in the trash. We need to educate ourselves on how to properly do this. It is so important that the kids see this. This is our heritage. It is our country.”

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

For more information, call the Veterans Service Office at 740-622-2313.

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