On the morning of June 13, members of Boy Scout Troop 45, Cub Scout Pack 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3615 gathered at Ruston’s Forest Lawn Cemetery to retire 115 American flags.
It’s an annual event in which tattered, faded, worn or soiled flags are cut into small pieces and burned over an open fire. When an American flag is no longer fit for display, the U.S. Flag Code requires the banner be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning, and the ashes buried.
Ruston and Lincoln Parish will be bringing in the Christmas spirit with the annual Holiday Arts Tour and Downtown Christmas Open House.
Kicking off today, both events have much to offer residents and participants alike.
Starting with shopping, patrons of downtown businesses will enjoy extended shopping hours over the weekend and be able to enjoy some of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Holiday Arts Tour at the same time.
The tour consists of 35 sites, 14 musical performances and more than 60 artists.