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POSTED: July 12, 2013 9:00 a.m.
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Members of Pembroke’s Cub Scout Pack 141, Boy Scout Troop 257 and American Legion Post 164 gather during a Dignified Flag Retirement Ceremony held June 15 — the day after Flag Day.

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What do you do with an American flag when it becomes tattered and worn?
Pembroke’s Cub Scout Pack 141 and American Legion Post 164 demonstrated just that recently when it conducted a Dignified Flag Retirement Ceremony on the day after Flag Day.  
The community throughout the year had turned in to the Legion dozens of flags to be disposed.
Cub Scoutmaster Lonnie Dombrowsky and Post Commander Ernie Mitchell welcomed the crowd of nearly 50. Pastor Jim Sullivan of Pembroke Christian Church held an opening prayer. After Cubs presented the colors, Pembroke Boy Scout Troop 257 took the honorary flag, held it on its corners and cut it into four pieces, leaving the “blue field and stars” intact.  
The four pieces were then handed to Mitchell, who placed them in the burn barrel as everyone saluted.
After the burning of the honorary flag, members of the audience were invited to come forward and present a flag to be properly disposed of in the burn barrel.
Dombrowsky then invited everyone for a picnic dinner.
Flags for disposal may be left under the covered awning on the west side of the American Legion building on Highway 280 west, just past ALCO.

 

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