Crabapple Village girl scouts hosts ceremonial flag burning

Girl Scout Troop 30423 held a ceremonial flag burning on November 21st to dispose of old flags. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Girl Scout Troop 30423 held a ceremonial flag burning on November 21st to dispose of old flags. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – The 3rd and 4th-grade girls from Girl Scout Troop 30423, their families, veterans, and friends from a local boy scout troop came together Tuesday night to dispose of the nation’s flag in a respectful manner.

Around 30 people gathered in the parking lot of Our Lady Help of Christians on Union Road to dispose of Old Glory through a ceremonial flag burning.

Girl Scout Troop 30423 held a ceremonial flag burning on November 21st to dispose of old flags. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Girl Scout Troop 30423 held a ceremonial flag burning on November 21st to dispose of old flags. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

“We started last year on the traditions, we made up songs, so they learned.  We had a couple who even ran to their neighbors when (the flag) dropped on the ground and they knew they couldn’t do that.  So when we taught them that part and responsibility of the flag, we had to also teach them what to do when it’s over because it just doesn’t get thrown out,” said Troop Leader Carol Robichaud.

The troop – Crabapple Village – is made up of six girls.  They received help conducting the ceremony from members of Boy Scout Troop 57.

Check out the VFW’s website for more information about flag etiquette.