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Local scouts to honor veterans

By Bethany Anderson
Freelance Writer

Mountain City’s local Pack 9 is planning an event for Veterans Day weekend to honor veterans and to invite others to join scouts.
They are planning a local overnight campout to take place Saturday, November 9 through Sunday morning, November 10.

During the evening and throughout the night, scouts will be conducting flag retirement ceremonies to retire tattered or damaged flags properly.

Also planned is an outdoor church service for the morning of the 10th, to close out the event.
The scouts are meeting with the town of Mountain City Board of Alderman at their next meeting to settle on an appropriate location.

They will be requesting their first location choice, which is the area near the Veterans Memorial at Ralph Stout Park, but they have an alternate location in mind in case that is not deemed suitable.

That meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm at City Hall.
The scouts are working with local veterans organizations to make the event both appropriate and memorable for all.

They hope to honor our nation’s flag and our veterans while teaching our local youth to do the same. The event will be open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

Registration is open for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, so the event is also meant to be a “taste of scouting” for those who may be interested.
If you have a flag you’d like to retire properly, please bring it to the event or contact Pack 9. For those who want to join in but do not have camping equipment, simply request use and the scouts may be able to provide it for the event.
More information and updates will follow soon.