Local Scouts learn how to fold flag

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 in Seymour recently demonstrated the 13 folds of the American flag to members of Seymour Boy Scout Troop 526 and Cub Scout Pack 526.

Boy Scouts of America units routinely perform flag ceremonies, and the VFW presentation is designed to provide additional background and a veteran’s perspective to the process.

The presentation is part of the VFW’s Americanism Program, where members conduct presentations at schools and for youth and other groups.

Mike Weber with the VFW honor guard led the presentation with post Commander Rick Roberts assisting.

The VFW honor guard recognizes veterans who have died with a graveside 21-gun salute and a presentation of an American flag to the family of the deceased.

After the 21-gun salute, the shell casings are gathered and presented to the family at the end of the ceremony along with a “thank you” for their service to our country. When the funeral home is advised that someone is a veteran, the funeral home will contact the honor guard to perform the 21-gun salute.

For information on the VFW, contact Penny Fenney at 812-718-7679.

The Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Post 1925. For information on Unit 526, contact Shane Bontrager at 812-216-5037.