On Feb. 10 behind Marathon City Hall, Boy Scout Troop 901 and Marathon’s Cub Scouts conducted the city’s eighth annual flag retirement ceremony, giving a proper sendoff to more than 100 collected flags with dignity and respect.

Photos by JASON KOLER/Keys Weekly

Artie Hrytzay places a flag on the pyre. This weekend Pack 901 will travel to Markham Park for the annual Scoutmaster Camporee, where they will represent Marathon among thousands of other scouts from across South Florida.
Scout Mateo Guzman tosses a portion of the American flag onto the fire. More than 100 flags were collected throughout town.
The Monroe County’s Sheriff’s Office and Marathon city officials were present including council members Luis Gonzalez, Lynn Landry and Jeff Smith along with members of the American Legion.
The Webelos, consisting of seven fifth-graders, demonstrate the proper technique for cutting up the U.S. flag. The union of blue remains intact – symbolizing the unity of the American nation.
On Feb. 10, Marathon Scout Troop 901 conducted its 8th annual U.S. flag retirement ceremony at the city’s event’s field behind City Hall. Marathon boasts the largest pack in the county with more than 20 scouts participating in the program.
Jason Koler
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