WEST LAFAYETTE -- With the help of the West Lafayette Post Office, the West Lafayette Boy Scout Troop 409 had quite a successful flag retirement ceremony. The troop retired nearly 100 flags from Coshocton County, as well as other areas across the state.
According to troop assistant, Gwen Bordenkircher said the local post office had alerted other post offices in the state that the troop was having the ceremony. Bordenkircher said that originally it looked like there were about five American flags that were scheduled to be retired at the ceremony but closer to the ceremony date, she said the troop received a huge donation of American flags, as well as several POW flags.
The ceremony took place April 30 at the First Baptist Church (Freedom Park) in West Lafayette. Several local veterans were in attendance, including West Lafayette Mayor Jack Patterson.
Troop Scout master Steve Bordenkircher explained the proper procedure for retiring an American flag. He said there are various ways the flag could be properly disassembled. Each of the flags were later cut into quarter sections and each section was given to a group of four scout members who announced the site where the flag was displayed. The scouts then placed the sections into the fire then followed with a group salute to each flag.
As the final flag was retired, scout member John Bordenkircher played Taps.
Several local residents in attendance, including Floyd and Lois Gress of West Lafayette, remarked that they felt the ceremony was a good community project for the scouts, as well as a service to the community, and the surrounding areas that donated the flags.