GALLIPOLIS — What began as a community service project has grown into an annual tradition for Boy Scout Troop 200 in preparation for Memorial Day weekend.
This week, members of Troop 200 of Gallipolis, placed American flags by the headstones of every veteran in the Pine Street Cemetery, including the “Colored Cemetery.”
“We do it every year as a service to the community and to honor the American veterans,” according to current Scout Master Bob Ohler.
The Boy Scouts take new flags and replace the old and worn flags, which are then properly disposed of according to federal code on flag etiquette. Troop 200 has done large retirement ceremonies for flags in the past, and plans to continue that tradition.
“We place flags by all veterans headstones, included Confederate soldiers since they are on the veterans registry,” said Ohler.
The troop has been doing this longer than Troop Committee Chairman Terry McKinniss has been involved with Troop 200, which is over 17 years.
On Monday night the scouts placed over 500 flags in Pine Street Cemetery and then all went ice cream – a fun part of the annual tradition. If anyone is interested in getting involved with the Boy Scouts of America, they meet weekly at the Presbyterian Church on Mondays at 6 p.m.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or [email protected]