MACKINAC ISLAND — Local Boy Scouts from MISST 127 (Mackinac Island Scout Service Troop) recently had the honor of raising and lowering the Garrison Flag at Fort Mackinac. Raising the flag, which at 20 feet by 38 feet is the largest size of the national flag, was a tremendous honor for the group of elite Boy Scouts.
MISST 127 is a specialty troop comprised of 51 Boy Scouts from Lapeer, Genesee and Shiawassee counties’ Water and Woods Council. To be accepted into the troop, Scouts must be at least 13 years old and have a 1st class rank or higher, along with being recommended by their Scout Master to the Governor’s Honor Guard.
To prepare for their recent duties on Mackinac Island, the Boy Scouts practiced for months, drilling themselves on marching, raising and lowering the flag, and flag etiquette. The Scouts began preparing back in Februrary, according to Joe and Mary Jo Wenzlick, whose son, James, is part of MISST 127.
The Boy Scouts definitely needed to be well trained in flag etiquette for the task, too. The Garrison Flag, because of its size, is only flown on special occasions and Sundays at military bases. When folded, the flag weighs in at 60 pounds.
“When you see these Boy Scouts in action you cannot be anything but proud of every one of these young men,” said Mary Jo Wenzlick.