Honoring heroes in New Woodstock

Cub Scout Pack 54 and New Woodstock 4-Hers worked together on Nov. 20, folding hundreds of small flags to fit in the pockets of military personnel. Accompanying the pocket-sized flag is a card thanking them for "defending our country and our freedom."

The New Woodstock American Legion Auxiliary signed up to make 300 pocket flags for the military. When the flags arrived, the Legion decided to involve the young people of the community. Thousands of servicemen and women carry a little piece of home next to their hearts, thanks to the Cub Scout Pack 54 and New Woodstock 4-Hers.

The Pocket Flag Program that has been around for awhile. It is designed to let servicemen and women on the front line be reminded of those who care and think about them. The flags are folded as they would be when "the colors" are being retired, for example, at a military funeral.

The children learned that there are 13 folds to complete each flag, which are then placed in a three- by three-inch plastic bag with a note reminding the military personnel that they thank them and care about them.

The children also learned about what an American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary do for veterans as well as active servicemen.

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