Each Memorial Day, the Hanover Recreation Department and Hanover Center Church
observe the traditions of both Decoration Day and Muster Day with an observance at
the Hanover Center Cemetery. The Boy Scouts provide a color guard and lead a
procession from the church to the cemetery, where the Cub Scouts and Brownies
remove the old, tattered flags from the graves of veterans, and replace them with
new, fresh flags.
The advance team of scouts will meet at the Hanover Center Green at 1500 to help set up the facilities.
At the same time, the color guard
will drill the presentation of the colors and the procession to the cemetery.
At 1530 other scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the Brownies will arrive. We will give
them a briefing on the ceremony and then practice at least once.
The actual ceremony begins at 1600. We will follow the program provided at that time.
Our role will be to present the colors, lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and then lead the
procession from the church to the cemetery. At the cemetery, the color guard will post
the colors at the gate and the rest of the scouts will enter the cemetery to begin replacing
flags. A flag disposal detail of older Scouts will have built a fire on a fire stand outside
the cemetary, and the old flags will be respectively burned as they are brought out of the cemetary.
In case of rain, the ceremony will move inside the church, however the flag replacement will probably
still take place. Participants need to be flexible to adapt the program as necessary.
When the flags have been collected, Rev. Brayman will offer a benediction. The Hanover High School Band will play Taps and the ceremony ends.
Following the ceremony, we are welcome to eat the picnic meal served on the church lawn.
Tickets are provided for uniformed participants; others pay $3.00.
After dinner, the scouts help put tables and chairs away in the church.
2.2 Schdule of Events
1500 - Setup
1530 - Reharse
1600 - Ceremony
1700 - Dinner
2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty
This is black fly season.... Be prepared to carry on in the rain.
2.4 Special Requirements
Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites
for this outing.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 14 May 2003
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 26 May 2003
None for participants. Dinner is $3 for non-partricipants.
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
Class A uniform. Look sharp!
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
First Aid Kit
Troop and US flags with staves. (Mr. Hoge will have get the flags from the Hanover Recreation Department.)
Cinder blocks and cement board for fire stand (stored at the Beach residence in Hanover Center.)
3.5 Transportation Plan
Drop-off Point: Hanover Center Green
Drop-off Time: 1530 Mon 26 May
Pickup Point: Hanover Center Green
Pickup Time: approx 1730 same day
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
SMIC: Mr. Hoge