A flag dedication ceremony Wednesday at Kings Park High School will recognize Cub Scouts who raised more than $1,700 to replace a Sept. 11 memorial flag that was stolen last year.
The community has been invited to the ceremony at 5 p.m. in the front parking lot — just in time for Flag Day on Friday, district Superintendent Susan Agruso said.
“We wanted to recognize the Cub Scouts for raising the funds,” Agruso said. They will be “the first ones to raise the flag,” she added.
More than 35 members of Kings Park Cub Scout Pack 75 — ages 5 to 11 — held a car wash in November to raise money, said den leader Jim Brauer, of Kings Park. The fundraising helped purchase a new flag — 20 feet by 30 feet, costing $673, Brauer said. The remaining $1,103 was donated to the high school’s food pantry, he said.
The previous large flag had hung from the roof of the high school as part of an annual fall ceremony students organized “to remember those who were lost on 9/11,” Agruso said. The flag was stolen on Sept. 20, and police still are looking for the culprits, who were recorded on videotape.
“We still hold hope that we will find out who took it, but we have to move on,” Agruso said. “We have a new flag, but we’re taking some precautions to make sure it won’t get stolen again.”