Scouts Dress Graves for Memorial Day

From Julia Alfred

Photo courtesy of Karla Alfred

On May 25, 2023, Holliston Girl Scouts and Scouts joined members of the American Legion and VFW for the annual Dressing of the Graves and Unserviceable Flag Ceremony. Scouts replaced weathered flags in two Holliston cemeteries.

Photo courtesy of Karla Alfred

Once all the flags were gathered, they were disposed of, by burning, in accordance with the American Legion code. Steve Bradford and Ron Turcotte spoke about the history of the American flag and why we retire flags respectfully. The Holliston Fire Department was on scene to monitor the ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Karla Alfred

If you have a flag that is tattered or unserviceable, you can bring it to one of Holliston’s three flag collection boxes at the Post Office, Senior Center, and Town Hall and it will be retired in a future ceremony.

Troop 14 Scout Henry Marlar sets off to complete his mission.
Photo courtesy of Theresa Marlar


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  1. Stephen R Bradford on May 28, 2023 at 9:40 am

    Very well written Julia. Thank you and the other Scouts for joining us.

    Stephen Bradford, Chair
    2023 Holliston Memorial Day Committee

  2. Mary Marlar on June 5, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Very nice project for the Scouts.