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Troop 106 to raise colors at Arlington National Cemetery

It's an honor very few receive, but some local youth will have something to tell their grandchildren.The Boy Scout Troop 106 in Ironton received a special invitation to post colors at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington on June 12.

&uot;I received a call from the superintendent of the cemetery asking us, Troop 106, to raise the colors at the Curtis-Lee Mansion. We were thrilled and accepted the invitation immediately,&uot; said David M. Lucas, scoutmaster for Troop 106.

According to Lucas, Troop 106 has a 54-year continuous charter with Central Christian Church in Ironton. The church plans to support the troop in this effort by providing bus transportation plus several members of the congregation plan to sponsor a boy for the journey to Washington.

&uot;The troop has earned a reputation of fine decorum and discipline in flag etiquette,&uot; Lucas said. &uot;Several politicians and officials from Washington have seen these boys in action, so they wanted them there for this commemorative occasion.&uot;

The flag pole is over 100 feet tall and this honor is generally reserved for military color guard only. The cemetery chose this specific date because Flag Day is Friday, June 14.

Each Scout must raise $100 to make the trip. The boys will work for donations, sell candy bars, and take donations from family and friends to reach their individual goal, Lucas said. Troop 106 has posted colors in many other places and occasions, but according to Lucas, &uot;this is one we will all long remember!&uot;

Anyone wishing to sponsor a Boy Scout from Troop 106 or make a donation, call Lucas at 533.4577. From staff reports