Boy and Girl Scouts from across the state participate in a flag retirement ceremony Sunday morning at Blackwoods Campground. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEY

MDI honors local veterans



MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Veterans Day observances here this year included a program at the Tremont Consolidated School, a Boy Scout flag retirement ceremony and gatherings at the Blue Star memorial marker and the American Legion post in Bar Harbor.

Members of the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25 of Bar Harbor (in hats), and its Women’s Auxiliary, gathered Sunday for a Veterans Day open house and ceremony. From left, Norma Spurling, Christine Harding, Lorrain Smart, Richard Hamor, Post 25 Commander Barbara MacPike, Joy Kelley and Paul Blackstone.
ISLANDER PHOTO BY BECKY PRITCHARD

On Friday, several local veterans visited the Tremont school for an annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Recognition Day. Students, teachers, and the PTO had prepared special decorations and treats for the occasion.

“There was a strong message of helping others and service to your community,” said Missy Higgins. “We have had a great deal of positive feedback, because as I understand it, we are the only school that has an event like this.

“This was an event I inherited, it was originally started by former staff member Crystal Dow, but we have continued it because we feel it brings a valuable perspective and message to our students and it means a lot to the community.”

Over the weekend, 300 people representing 25 Boy and Girl Scout units from throughout the state were in Blackwoods Campground over the weekend for the 10th annual organized Acadia Blackwoods Camporee.

The event was sponsored by the Katahdin Area Council, Troop 89 and the National Park Service and focused on Leave No Trace education.

The weekend culminated with a service and flag retirement ceremony in honor of Veteran’s Day Sunday morning.

After reciting a few words about the flag and service, members of Troop 41 of Hampden brought several flags to a fire and retired them. Troop 41 is often in charge of the ceremony, Mike Gurtler of Bar Harbor explained, because many members of their community donate old or tattered flags.

According to the United States Flag Code: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

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