2008-05-31 / News

Flag retirement ceremony set

By Jeff Chorpenning, Bowling Green Township Trustee

BROWNSVILLE - Do you have an U.S. flagthat should be retired?

In commemoration of Licking County and Bowling Green Township's 2008 bicentennial year, Old Glory will be featured in the Township Community Park as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Veterans and residents will witness a solemn, quiet tribute on Flag Day Saturday, June 14. Cub Scout Pack 33 Chairman, Angela Haviland will lead scouts beginning at 4 p.m. in the Township Park, Brownsville .

Several U.S. flags will be honorably retired. Licking County Moundbuilders Toastmasters Club #511 will recite, "I am your flag, I appear in many places. I have been called many names. I was authorized by Congress in 1818 in the form you see now and have remained unchanged except to add a new star each July 4th after a new state joined the union until I reached my present number of 50." Many voices will be represented to recite this continuing story of the flagin first person.

Scouts from Licking County will be participating for the first time in this time-honored tradition of flagretirement etiquette. Veterans and experienced scouts and leaders will create an atmosphere for all that shall bear witness and remember.

"Now I am just a memory, but if there is a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat, if you felt a shiver in your spine as you watched me burn then I will be back the next time you need me and my colors will be fresh and bright and my edges won't be ragged anymore."

Call Chorpenning at 787- 1517 if you have a flagthat has served its time and deserves proper retirement.

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