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VIDEO: Briarcliff Boy Scouts Commemorate Flag Day

Troop 18 led the annual flag retirement ceremony at Law Park.

Briarcliff Manor's Boy Scout Troop 18 carried out an annual Flag Day tradition at on Thursday.

June 14 marks the day the United States flag was adopted and for the past decade or so, the village's scouts have gathered to give the flags a fitting retirement.

Joe Lalak, the troop's assistant scout manager, led the ceremony that included bringing down and folding a tattered flag from the park's flagpole, folding it properly and burning it.

Scouts and families were also invited to bring their own flags, as well as throw scraps of red, white and blue onto the fire.

Volunteer members of the were also on-hand to assist with the ceremony. The department headquarters on Pleasantville Road has a flag retirement drop-off accessible year-round outside its front door.

Lalak, a Korean War veteran, said it's important "to honor the American flag and honor the country."


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Joseph Lalak June 17, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Hi Sarah Thank you for this great presentation of my Flag Retirement Ceremony. Our Boy Scout Troop is very active having almost 50 Scouts in the troop. We meet every Wednesday from 7:30 tp 9 PM during the Scouting Year. The Troop is off for the summer and will start again in September. In July we go as a Troop up to Boy Scout Camp Read in the Adirondacks where we camp in Camp Waubeeka where the Scouts cook all the meals on wood burning stoves. This includes, rain or shine, gathering wood, cutting it up, starting a fire, cooking the meal for the whole patrol of about 8 members. cleanup after eating and then they go to 6 hours of Merit Badge work earning about 6 Merit Badges at the end of the week. They also do other fun activites such as horse back riding, rock climbing, swimming, archery, rifle shooting, zip line set to land in a lake, a really fun activity and more. I spend one week with the troop there and have done so for over 30 years. Our older Scouts are going on a week long kayaking trip on Lake Champlain carring every thing they need with them for the week, eating freeze dried meals. Sorry for writing on and on. I feel that our troop does some really great activites. I plan to try to send more as they occur. Thanks for the great Flag Retirement Ceremony that you posted. Joe Lalak joescouts@yahoo.com Troop 18 Briarcliff
Sarah Studley June 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Hi Joe—thank you for commenting! I look forward to learning more about Troop 18.

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