GLEN ROSE — Members of Glen Rose Boy Scout Troop 725 and Cub Scout Pack 725, in conjunction with Glen Rose American Legion Post 462, held their semiannual ceremony last week where close to 75 worn and tattered flags were properly retired.

“Part of the Scout Oath is ‘to help other people at all times,’ and I see part of this as a service to the community so they have a way to dispose of worn flags,” said Scoutmaster Patrick Locke. “It also allows the Scouts to interact with veterans who care deeply about our community.”

Prior to the event, the Scouts and the Cubs were taught more about the meaning of the flag and what it represents.

“I am a veteran as was the prior Scoutmaster,” said Locke. “We have a meeting each year that covers flag ceremonies, folding the flag and the importance it has to our veterans and our country. It is usually taught primarily by an older Scout in the troop.”

“In preparation, we discussed what a flag retirement ceremony was and what all the steps meant,” said Bear Den Leader Carl West. “We also discussed how important it was to obey the Scout Law of respect because of all the heroes who fought for our country to give us the freedom we enjoy as Americans.”

According to the Veterans Department of Affairs, part of a proper ceremony entails having a large enough fire space to sufficiently and completely burn the flag. And while the flags burns, individuals at the ceremony should salute or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 

“They definitely have a great respect for the flag and the veterans,” Locke said. “The ceremony is very moving, and the Scouts see that in the veterans and I feel that reinforces their appreciation for the flag and what it stands for.”

West agreed. 

“We were hoping to learn respect and how to act while doing something of this importance,” he said. “We also learned the importance of keeping the flag off the ground.”