Boy Scouts to collect torn or tattered flags

The boy scouts of Troop 120 will begin collecting old, torn and tattered flags for ceremonial retirement.  Boxes for the collection of these flags will be placed at Cal's Thriftway and C & R Market.  Flags of all sizes will be accepted.

 The 7 p.m. scout ceremony will be Monday, June 10, at Proctor Park near the scout cabin. June 14 is National Flag Day and commemorates Congress adopting the flag as a national symbol in 1777.  It is not a federal holiday but the presidents have encouraged Americans to properly display the flag on this day.

 As a bit of interesting trivia in 1908 Theodore Roosevelt noticed a man wiping his nose on what appeared to be an American flag.  Roosevelt grabbed a wooded rod and beat the fellow several times before he discovered that it was a blue bandanna with white stars.  Roosevelt gave the fellow an additional blow with the rod saying that he shouldn't have riled up his patriotism.

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