500 Festival partners with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to collect tattered US flags

500 Festival partners with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to collect tattered US flags

Mon, 2013-04-22

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and the Indiana War Memorials Commission have continued their partnership in a service project to collect tattered U.S. flags for proper retirement. On Monday, April 22, the beginning of this year’s collection will be celebrated with a brief opening ceremony followed by a reception.

During the ceremony, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and the Indiana War Memorial Commission plan to announce a partnership with the 500 Festival to collect flags before the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 25. The public may also bring their old flags to the Indiana War Memorial or any Girl Scouts of Central Indiana service center through May 24 during business hours.

“The Indiana War Memorials Commission is honored to partner with the Girl Scouts and the 500 Festival in collecting United States flags for retirement,” said J. Stewart Goodwin, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret), executive director, Indiana War Memorials. “This project will present several positive opportunities to the Girl Scouts such as educating them on proper flag etiquette, learning more about the history of our flag, and the proper way to retire a flag. We look forward to a long relationship with the Girl Scouts that will not only be educational for them but will provide a service to the community in the proper retirement of our nation’s symbol.”

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana CEO Deborah Hearn Smith says this service project couldn’t be more fitting for the organization. “Patriotism and service are at the heart of the Girl Scouts’ mission,” said Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. “This is such a terrific learning opportunity for girls across central Indiana. We are so pleased to partner with the Indiana War Memorials Commission and the 500 Festival for this important patriotic component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

The flags will be properly retired during ceremonies conducted this summer during Girl Scout day camps and resident camps located throughout central Indiana.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves more than 40,000 girls in 45 counties across central Indiana. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with three million girl and adult members. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. If you’d like to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 317-924-6800 or 855-GSCIN-4U or visit girlscoutsindiana.org.

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