Breckenridge Texan

AVR, scouts hold flag retirement ceremony

AVR, scouts hold flag retirement ceremony
May 12
09:14 2018

Members of the American Volunteer Reserve were joined by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on Friday, May 11, for a United States flag retirement ceremony at the Boy Scout hut.

Representing the AVR, 6th Brigade, 2nd Homeland and Honors Detachment, were Les Strickland of Breckenridge and Knox Bishop and Eddie Renfro of Graham. Family and friends of the participants, as well as members of the Breckenridge Fire Department, also attended the event.

The ceremony began with members of Cub Scout Pack 81 posting an American flag at half-staff. Then Renfro played taps on a bugle. Bishop read a poem, “I Am the Flag,” and said that the flag that was being retired had “reached its present state through proper service. We will unfold and refold the flag the way we would at the gravesite of an honored veteran, and then we will commit it to the flames.”

Bishop placed the folded flag onto a small ceremonial fire and saluted it. He then led the crowd in prayer.

For more photos from the event, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan photo gallery.


Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: A crowd of American Volunteer Reserve members, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and their family and friends gathered Friday evening, May 11, for a flag retirement ceremony. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Participating in Friday’s flag retirement ceremony were, front row, from left, Cub Scouts Nolen Guevara, J.P. Arrellano, Matthew Wunsch, Reyse Hash, Girl Scouts Maggie Wunsch, Rylee Fuller and Rachel Burchett, and Cut Scout Brysen Hash; middle row, Cub Scout Den Leader Matt Wunsch, AVR members Knox Bishop, Eddie Renfro and Les Strickland; and, back row, Breckenridge firefighters Jeb Baxley, Calvin Chaney, Chad Skiles and Jon Jackson. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


Support The Breckenridge Texan


QUILT SHOW The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center’s 2018 Quilt Show opened May 8 and will continue through June 29. The BFAC is located at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave. and is open to the public.

BHS GRADUATION The Breckenridge High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25. The ceremony will be held in the BHS Athletic Facility (aka the “new gym”).

BRECKENRIDGE AIRSHOW The 21st Breckenridge Airshow will take place May 26-27 at the Stephens County Airport. For more information, visit the website

KIDS SOAP MAKING CLASS The Stephens County Extension office will offer a Soap Making Class for kids in grades 2-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Extension office, 2622 Highway 180 East (at the intersection of State Highway 67 and U.S. Highway 180). The fee for the class will be $35 per student, and the class is limited to 15 kids. Attendees will need to take a sack lunch. For more information or to register, call Sumer Russell at 254-559-2313.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE The Rotary Club of Breckenridge will host a friendly competition between the Breckenridge Fire Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Breckenridge Police Department via a blood drive. Those donating blood can do so in the name of one of the three emergency offices. The blood drive will take place over three days at three different locations: Thursday, June 7, 1-5 p.m., First National Bank; Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stephens Memorial Hospital; and, Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First National Bank. For more information, call Sherry or Les Strickland at 254-522-1959.

NON-PROFIT SCHOOLS MEETING The Breckenridge Independent School District will hold a meeting for private, non-profit schools and home schools with tax-exempt status. Participants will discuss available funding to eligible private school students and the conditions for participating in programs paid with Title I, Part A funding. The meeting will be at the BISD Administration Building Board Room, 212 N. Miller Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7. For more information, contact Molly Johnson, BISD director of curriculum and instruction, at 254-522-9600.

Paid Political Ad Policy

The Breckenridge Texan’s policies allow for the inclusion of paid political ads on the website, The ads do not reflect the views of, or serve as an endorsement by, the Breckenridge Texan website or its staff or leadership. The Breckenridge Texan does not endorse political candidates or parties.


The Breckenridge Texan is dedicated to evenhanded news reporting of political activities, events, and statements. The Breckenridge Texan accepts political advertising without bias or regard to party or candidate. The Breckenridge Texan has the responsibility to reject material that is libelous, obscene, or fraudulent or that does not otherwise meet its standards.


When paid political ads are running, a copy of this policy will be posted on the front page of the website in the right column.


All paid political ads will be clearly marked with the statement “Political ad paid for by (Name of Person Paying for Ad),” as required by the Texas Elections Law.