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May 8, 2014

Flag raising ceremony to honor Veterans in Field of Honor

WEST ORANGE — A special flag raising event will pay tribute to several American heroes this Saturday morning.

A formal flag raising ceremony will be held at Claybar’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 2312 Irving St. in West Orange, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10. The event will honor all veterans in the cemetery’s Field of Honor and is being conducted by members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 290 and Cub Scouts Pack 290, both of Bridge City, along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 which will be in attendance. The public is invited.

Lisa Rougeau, leader of Cub Scout Pack 290, had a personal interest in the project at first and spearheaded the event knowing that many other families would most likely want to have their families members honored as well for their service to their country.

Rougeau’s father, a veteran, died on May 10, 2013, and he is buried in the Field of Honor. She noticed here was not a flag flying in the Field of Honor, so she contacted the VFW Post 2775.

“They came out and put a flag out, but the next time I was there, I noticed the flag wasn’t there,” Rougeau explained. “I called them back, and they said there was not proper lighting for the flag to fly at night and they couldn’t keep coming out to put it up and take it down.”

As a standard of respect, according to www.usflag.org, the flag of the United States of America is ordinarily “displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.”

Being a Cub Scout pack leader, Rougeau came up with the idea of helping the young Scouts, along with the Boys Scouts of America in Troop 290, getting involved and to raise awareness of the situation.

“We contacted Claybar last summer and presented the idea of having lights installed at the flag pole,” Rougeau added. “They said they would look at the idea and let us know. After the holidays, at the end of January, Claybar told us they would install lights at the flag pole. So, now the flag can fly 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.”

A special ceremony was planned and is now on tap for Saturday.

“It’s a great opportunity for these Cub Scouts to be involved and see the Boy Scouts perform an official flag ceremony,” she added.

Rougeau said there will be covered seating and water available for guests.

“This is a special event that many people will appreciate,” she continued. “Claybar really stepped up by adding the lighting to the flag pole, and having the Scouts involved really helped the process. Now, we can have the U.S. Flag flying everyday to honor all of these Veterans.”

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