Boy Scout Troop 194 celebrates Flag Day with flag retirement ceremony

The Boy Scouts of Wilsonville’s Troop 194 celebrated Flag Day June 14 by giving a number of worn-out American flags a dignified retirement.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left to right, Boy Scouts Noah Heidelberger, Logan Carpenter, Kairon Smith and Carter Troha take part in a flag retirement ceremony June 14.Under the watchful eye of adult leaders, including Scoutmaster John Budiao, the Scouts respectfully burned 18 flags in a moving ceremony held in the parking lot of Valley Christian Church on Wilsonville Road.

“The majority of them come from people that know we’re attached to the Boy Scouts, and they say, ‘I have a flag, and I don’t know what to do with it,” Budiao said. “A lot of them come to us from relatives and friends and local businesses.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Boy Scouts show their younger counterparts how to display the flag before its retirement.Budiao’s Scouts were joined by a number of Cub and Girl Scouts as well as by representatives from DAR — Daughters of the American Revolution. Troop 194 accepts flags from community members throughout the year.

If you have a flag needing retirement, contact any Wilsonville Scout in Boy Scout Troop 194, Cub Scout troops 528 or 199, Wilsonville Girl Scouts or Wilsonville Rotary members.

You may also drop them off at the Wilsonville UPS Store, 29030 Town Center Loop E, where owner Bruce Wallace, a former Troop 194 Scoutmaster, would be honored to receive them.

By Kate Hoots
Education reporter
503-636-1281, ext. 112
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