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Flag Retirement Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Flag Retirement Memorial Ceremony Flag Day Friday June 14, 2019


Boy Scouts of America Troop 51 Clarion, PA 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 pm. 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 am at the Clarion Moose Lodge.  If you have an American flag that needs retired you 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.

June 9, 2019