The Lone Star District of the Buffalo Trail Council will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony this Saturday, February 3rd, at 3 PM. The Boy Scouts have long been recognized as one a very few organizations that are called upon to conduct formal Flag Retirement Ceremonies, and February 10th marks the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. For several years, local Scouts have gathered on the Saturday closest to Scouting’s anniversary to pay homage to the individuals that have given us the rights that we cherish in the Scouting program.
According to Zack Mullins, a teacher with Big Spring ISD and a Scouting volunteer, “Several years ago, a committee met to discuss how we could celebrate the anniversary of Scouting. It was decided that a tribute to the individuals that sacrificed for our rights to gather as Scouts would be perfect. That began a tradition of gathering to honor our flag and our troops”.
The Flag Retirement Ceremony is open to the public, and the ceremony will be at Camp Thomas on Driver Road, next to the VFW. The Boy Scouts would like to encourage the community to see the honor that is paid to a flag when it is retired. They especially encourage all veterans and active duty members of any branch of our armed forces to attend. Again, this ceremony is Saturday at 3:00 pm at Camp Thomas on Driver Road.