Elizabeth Boy Scouts Retire American Flags

(above) Cub Scout Athan Skamangas of Roselle Park helps retire old American flags by burning them in a ceremony on Flag Day, as his brother Christian waits his turn. Boy Scout Troop 23 and Cub Scout Pack 23 conduct the ceremony annually at St. Genevieve’s Church in Elizabeth.


Boy Scout Troop 23 and Cub Scout Pack 23 retired 125 worn out or damaged American flags on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14.  

The ceremony, in which flags are properly retired by cutting them into quarters and then burning them, was held behind the St. Genevieve’s Church Convent on Princeton Road in Elizabeth.  

Fifty Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, leaders, parents, other family members and guests participated in the solemn and respectful ceremony, with each having the chance to place flag sections into the fire. The Scouts who participated will receive a brass flag grommet, sifted from the ashes and strung on a leather lanyard, to commemorate their participation.

The Scouting program instills character, good citizenship and physical fitness in youth through outdoor activities such as campouts and hikes, involvement in community activities, and just plain fun! Cub Scout Pack 23 and Boy Scout Troop 23 provide activities and training for boys of all faiths, from St. Genevieve’s parish and the surrounding area, from Kindergarten through high school graduation. For more details, please contact Dan Bernier, Scoutmaster, at (908) 451-1948 or webfoottroop@gmail.com.

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