In all, the boys disposed of 13 flags during the ceremony.
is a copy of the ceremonial procedure and photos of the Scouts
fulfilling their duty according to procedure.
The flag of the
United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation's unity,
it's hopes, it's achievements, it's glory and it's high resolve.
When the flag is in such condition, through wear or damage, that it
is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it shall be destroyed in
a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. The traditional way is
to cut the flag into pieces and burn it in a modest but blazing
fire. As we perform this respected duty, let us reflect on the
design and meaning of our flag.
The Blue field or
union is the point of honor, the upper comer of the Flag's own
right. The symbolism of the right hand goes far back in antiquity
when it was the weapon hand. Raising the right arm free of any
weapon meant peace. It became a salute, a way of giving praise and
honor. The union is blue, representing the night sky with stars
forming a new and glorious constellation. There is one star for each
state in our union. It is said the point of honor of our flag was
made from the blue clock belonging to a captain in the Continental
The stripes are
symbolic of beams of morning light, rays emanating from the sun--
thirteen red and white stripes, one for each of the original
thirteen colonies. The stripes in our flag were inspired by the
rattlesnake flag flown on the ships of the Continental Fleet and the
striped banner of the Sons of Liberty. Though the pattern has
changed, the bars of shining red and gleaming white have remained.
The stripes are alternating, seven red and six white. The red stands
for courage and the blood of those brave men and women who fought
and died to establish and preserve our republic; the white
representing the purity and high moral resolve on which our country
The blue of a captain's cloak, the white of a soldier's shirt, the
red from a flannel petticoat of a patriot's wife-- this was our
flag. This is the flag that stands for honor -yours and mine.
We will now
distribute the flag stripes to each person present.
At this time, we
ask that each person holding a white stripe please come place it on
the fire, laying it across the flames.
At this time, we
ask that each person holding a red stripe please come place it on
the fire, also laying it across the flames.
Scouts, you may now
place the blue field of stars across the flames one at a time so
that each field is consumed before the next one is retired.
As the fire
consumes the worn and tattered material in its refining flame, let
us remember the words of George Washington when the Star-spangled
Banner was first flown by the Continental Army: "We take the stars
from heaven and the red from our mother country. We separate the red
by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and
the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty."
Thus the Stars and Stripes became what it is; born amid the strife
of battle, it has become the standard around which a free people
have fought to preserve the greatest nation in the world.
[Ceremonial procedure copied from
file received from Jennifer Craig]
Gail's Pumpkin Patch opens for the fall
BEASON -- Gail's Pumpkin
Patch, rural Beason, will open Sunday, Sept. 1, for their eighth season. The
pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final day of the season is Oct. 31.
The pumpkin patch has over 60
varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate's honey and doughnuts,
straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods
and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for
the whole family. New this year is Grandpa's Antique Tractor Porch
and Toddler Corner. Admission is free, and you-pick or we-pick
pumpkins are available.
Farm Day will be Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The afternoon
will include pumpkin and face painting, old-fashioned barn games,
crafts, an observation beehive, and farm tours.
Gail's Pumpkin Patch is a
family-owned pumpkin patch in Logan County. You will be able to find
the "perfect pumpkin."
For more information, call
217-447-3409, visit on the Web at
www.gailspumpkinpatch.com or email
Holy Family Catholic Church to sponsor blood drive
To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, Holy
Family Catholic Church, 316 S. Logan St. in Lincoln, is hosting a
blood drive on Friday, Sept. 6, from noon to 6 p.m.
For your convenience, call 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253)
toll-free to sign up, or schedule an appointment online using
sponsor code 60505 at
www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly
Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit
organization, is the provider of lifesaving blood for 14 hospitals
throughout central Illinois, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital in Lincoln and Memorial Medical Center and St. John's
Hospital in Springfield. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi
Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of
blood annually and serves 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri
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Logan County Herb Guild meeting
The Logan County Herb Guild will meet on
Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Carol Mills, 13 Grand Oak
The group will make steppingstones
with herbal impressions.
Members should bring a lawn chair, bug repellent, a garden trowel
and a small bunch of their favorite herbs if possible.
Illinois 4-H Foundation honors Legacy of
Leadership Scholars ... Cameron Jodlowski
Six college-bound Illinois
4-H members were recognized as 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholars during the
annual 4-H Family Event on Aug. 10 at the Illinois State Fair. The winners
each received a $1,000 college scholarship.
Among those selected was Cameron
Jodlowski, a 10-year member of the Atlanta Town & Country 4-H in
Logan County. He will attend Iowa State University. The scholarship
sponsor was Farm Credit Services of Illinois, represented at the 4-H
Family Event by Rod Stoll.
Since its inception in 2003, 61 4-H members have been named a Legacy
of Leadership Scholar. The scholarship is merit-based and available
to 4-H members who are high school seniors or in their last year of
4-H membership. The statewide scholarship program is coordinated by
the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the University of Illinois Extension
state 4-H office.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation
welcomes individuals, corporations and organizations as partners in
providing additional funds for further scholarship recipients. The
executive director of the foundation is Angie Barnard.
Illinois 4-H is part of the University
of Illinois Extension program that is offered through the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Federal Extension Service and
the United States Department of Agriculture.
4-H Foundation inducts largest-ever Hall of Fame class ... Kathleen Buse
The Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame recognized 65
new inductees during the 4-H Family Event on Aug. 10 at the Illinois State
Kathleen Buse from Logan County is
included in the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Buse is
leader of the Wide-A-Wake 4-H club, kitchen manager for the
spaghetti meal sponsored by the 4-H Foundation, organizer of the
summer International Cooking Camp program and a longtime Logan
County 4-H volunteer who has put in countless hours of support
toward the local 4-H program.
The Hall of Fame is designed to
recognize exceptional 4-H alumni, 4-H volunteers and former 4-H
staff who have a track record of extraordinary career achievement or
exemplary service to 4-H.
"This is our ninth class of inductees since recognition began in
2004," said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
"Itís also our largest class, and we commend them for their
commitment to the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program.
"These longtime volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to
instill in youth," Barnard continued. "They are caring, dedicated,
generous leaders. The Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to
be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them, and we
thank them for their service to this wonderful organization."
Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion and
will be added to the virtual 4-H Hall of Fame listing at
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of
Fame in 2004, and nominations are made by University of Illinois
The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are
invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive
development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership,
citizenship and life skills. To learn more, visit