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Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 60314, Boy Scout Troop 155, and Cub Pack 155 helped the Rotary Club of Malvern assemble 801 flags for the rotary's Field Of Honor July 12-16. The field will be held at the Malvern United Methodist Church. The event will coincide with FliteFest 2017 being held at the John Furey airstrip.
The work to assemble the flags took nine hours over two days. The flags will be paraded to the Field Of Honor by members of the troops on Wednesday, July 12, 1 p.m.
The flags arrived at the rear door of the Damascus Friends Church from the Colonial Flag Company in Utah on three large pallets on Friday, June 30. They were unloaded and moved into the building with the help of a tow motor from Crowl Lumber Company and two pallet jacks from Robertson's Building Supply.
Assembly began on Wednesday morning with the assistance of the girl scouts, cub pack, their leaders, and members of rotary. According to Becky Oberlin, Girl Scout leader, "The girls are working for badges in a couple of areas, but mostly this is intended to help them know what's going on in the world. We want the girls to learn about soldiers and to help people work things out."
Workers took eight-foot poles, put two O-rings on, capped them with a gold ball cap, and then, using zip ties, added the 3'x5' flags. The flags were furled and wrapped in bundles of 10 in preparation for their trip to the Field.
In the evening, 24 youth, their scout leaders, and families from the Boy and Girl Scout troops and the Cub Pack helped for another two hours to assemble flags. Most were doing it for community service hours.
On Thursday morning, the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts returned to finish up the assembly process in a final two hours of work.
Donors and sponsors can pick up their flags starting on Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Flags that are not picked up will be stored by rotary until they can be picked up.