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If you did not make it to the flag-burning ceremony held in Kershaw on Nov. 11, you missed a truly patriotic event. The ceremony was organized by Boy Scout Troop No. 74, with leader Lisa McKenzie and assistant leader Billy King.
The invocation and benediction by the Rev. Jamie Rogers, pastor of Kershaw Second Baptist Church, began and ended the somber occasion. The national anthem was sung by Mrs. Terry King. Eagle Scout Alex McKenzie led in the Pledge of Allegiance and presented the flag for retirement.
Life Scout Joseph Poston and Star Scout Christopher Catoe, as the color guard, raised, lowered and folded the retired flag.
Webelos Scout Charlie Ammons presented a brief history of the flag and details of the layout of the U.S. Flag.
Monitoring the fire and lowering the flags into the fire were Webelos Scouts Charlie Ammons and Cameron Ramsey.
Wade Hunter shared some personal history about his military career and events in his life that make seeing the U.S. flag a moment when one stands taller with pride and gratitude.
Life Scout Trevor Hinson completed the ceremony when he played Taps. Scouts who participated in the ceremony were Eagle Scout Alex McKenzie, Life Scout Joseph Poston, Webelos Scout Charlie Ammons, Star Scout Christopher Catoe, Life Scout Trevor Hinson and Webelos Scout Cameron Ramsey.
Webelos Scouts who attended in support of the Boy Scouts performing the ceremony were Austin Craig, Bryson Kelly, Clinton Kern, Taylor Sims and Joshua Twitty.
Cubmaster Larry Ammons and members of Troop No. 74 Cub Scouts who attended were Chase Ammons, Alec Alvarado, Justin Gaskill, Cy Hinson, Ry Hinson, Ray Poston, Adam Ramsey and Lucas Reese.
I appreciated being a part of this moving ceremony and hope it will become an annual event. Several people who were in attendance commented on how profoundly moving it was.
Encourage these young people to continue in their Scout careers. To publicly recognize our history teaches valuable lessons to these Scouts who will lead in the future.
Genny D. Hendrix