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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Pack Horse Ford Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held a flag removal ceremony on Sunday August 29 at Morgan’s Grove Park with the help of Boy Scout Troop 33 from Shepherdstown.

DAR encourages patriotism and promotes respect and reverence for the flag of the United States of America. Boy Scouts have a long tradition of conducting flag-raising ceremonies with solemn reverence. It is only natural that these two organizations came together for this flag ceremony.

This event was hosted by Chapter Chaplain Lois Kimble as a wrap-up project for the DAR New Horizon course. The objective of the course is to encourage, educate and inspire confidence in DAR members interested in broadening their horizons and in serving the DAR through leadership. The Capstone project should be chapter supported, be linked to one of the DAR missions and demonstrate leadership capabilities by playing an active role in a project.

The flag retreat ceremony was led by Scout Troop 33 from Shepherdstown. Participants in the retirement ceremony included the blessing of Regent Cindy Nicewarner. Troop 33 participated by giving a welcome by Boy Scout Leader Scott Anderson; and Boy Scout Nate Shipley read facts about the American flag. The flags were Troop 33 and General Adam Stephen Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guards; Pledge of Allegiance, led by Scout Matthew Geise; Flag Retreat led by Boy Scouts Britt Shoedel, Matthew Geise and Ben Kessler. Chapter member Patricia Toffling presented 33 Troop Leader Wayne Goodrich and all 33 Troop with an American Flag Certificate for their dedicated loyalty and respect for the flag of the United States.

The American Flag Code calls for a respectful retreat and disposal of the American flag when it is discolored and worn.

According to the Scout Ritual, “A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. We cut the flag into four pieces: three red and white striped banners and the field of blue stars. We are leaving the blue field untouched because no one should ever let the union be broken. “

Before the ceremony, DAR chapter members and guests gathered to prepare the flags for the retreat, as they cut the flags according to code. As part of the ceremony, the Scouts invited the participants to remove their flags. Troop 33 gave eyelets, rings to protect the holes in the flags, to the participants.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, non-partisan volunteer service organization for women dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education, and to the promotion of patriotism. Over a million women have found a purpose and a passion in joining the DAR.

To learn more about the work of the DAR today, visit www.DAR.org. For more information on the Pack Horse Ford chapter, contact Regent Cindy Nicewarner at [email protected]

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