Local boy scouts honor veterans in preparation for Memorial Day

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (WDTV) - For the past five years in Shinnston, the boy scouts of Troop 59 have retired the flag at the veterans park.

The process is a ceremony for the small town, but it something that they take great pride in and do so with large town efficiency.

Veterans from the area gather in the park as Troop 59 lowers the flag from the previous year, and retires it. A process in which the scout leaders honorably burn the flag.

As such, they present the new flag which will fly for this coming year. A flag that will remain on it's hoist until this time next year when the troop lowers it and retires it.

"Honoring our veterans who laid down their lives and for the ones who served our country." Dakota Butcher, a scout of Troop 59 remarked as to why it was important to do this.

The local scouts do more than just retire the flag each year, in fact they are partially responsible for cleaning and maintaining the park, something which the troop takes great pride in.