American flags honored on Constitution Day


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Troop Leader Tracy Simmons calls for the different flag sections while explaining the symbolism in each item.


Yosef Cox, prekindergarten student, places his section in the box with help from Assistant Principal Kristin Blake while Boy Scouts, from left, Eric Branch, Brayden Holt and Hagan Simpson stand and watch.


Landon Pack, fifth-grader, holds the stars section of his class’ flag.


Ethan Unsworth, first-grader,​ places his red stripe in the retirement box.


Emme Martin, second-grader, carries her part of the flag up to the retirement box.


Boy Scout Troop 529 assisted Doson Elementary School with its lessons on how to properly retire an American flag.


DOBSON — Dobson Elementary School celebrated Constitution Day by honoring an important American symbol. Boy Scout Troop 529 helped prepare 20 flags the school got ready to retire. Each class read the information about how to prepare the flag for retirement and went through the steps to ensure that each flag was honored through the process.

They started by saying the Pledge of Allegiance together to the opened flag. This was the last time each flag was saluted and pledged to. Then they placed the flag on a table to be disassembled. They then cut the flag into specific sections to prepare for the school ceremony to retire each flag.

The morning of the event, Boy Scout Troop 529 met with the school to collect the different sections. That night at Camp Raven Knob, Boy Scout Troop 529 concluded the ceremony by conducting the Ceremonial Burning of the 20 flags at the Crazy Horse Campsite at 7 p.m.

Each class chose an active or retired service man or woman who will receive the grommets from their flag once the ceremony is complete. The school was very thankful that it could show the students the great importance of how to honor the American flag. After all, the American flag is a symbol of America’s honor, courage and strength.

Troop Leader Tracy Simmons calls for the different flag sections while explaining the symbolism in each item.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0265.jpgTroop Leader Tracy Simmons calls for the different flag sections while explaining the symbolism in each item.

Yosef Cox, prekindergarten student, places his section in the box with help from Assistant Principal Kristin Blake while Boy Scouts, from left, Eric Branch, Brayden Holt and Hagan Simpson stand and watch.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0329.jpgYosef Cox, prekindergarten student, places his section in the box with help from Assistant Principal Kristin Blake while Boy Scouts, from left, Eric Branch, Brayden Holt and Hagan Simpson stand and watch.

Landon Pack, fifth-grader, holds the stars section of his class’ flag.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0261.jpgLandon Pack, fifth-grader, holds the stars section of his class’ flag.

Ethan Unsworth, first-grader,​ places his red stripe in the retirement box.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0313.jpgEthan Unsworth, first-grader,​ places his red stripe in the retirement box.

Emme Martin, second-grader, carries her part of the flag up to the retirement box.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0336.jpgEmme Martin, second-grader, carries her part of the flag up to the retirement box.

Boy Scout Troop 529 assisted Doson Elementary School with its lessons on how to properly retire an American flag.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_0237.jpgBoy Scout Troop 529 assisted Doson Elementary School with its lessons on how to properly retire an American flag.

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