1.0 Overview

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. Since 2000, the Boy Scouts have also provided a fire so that the old flags may be disposed of in a dignified and symbolic manner, and a black powder rifle salute.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

The advance team of scouts will meet at the Hanover Center Green at 1430 to set up the fire platform and prepare the flag disposal fire. 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, 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. (The Cubmaster will have the flags.)

When the last flag has been burned, Rev. Brayman will offer a benediction. We will then provide a rifle salute. 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.

2.3 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: 3 May 2000

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 29 May 2000

3.3 Costs

None for participants. Dinner is $3 for non-partricipants.

3.4 Equipment

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
  • Fire platform (at the Beach's)
  • Firewood and starting materials
  • Firefighting water
  • Notetaking materials

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Hanover Center Green

    Drop-off Time: 1430 Mon 29May

    Pickup Point: Hanover Center Green

    Pickup Time: approx 1730 same day

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

    SMIC: Mr. Brown

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