by Lisa Tome
Within minutes, Sage Phillips had the technique mastered.
Phillips, a member of Brownie Troop 118, was attaching 2014 poppy flowers to the top of American flags. Later this month, members of American Legion Post 135 in Perryville will take those flags to cemeteries in Perryville, Port Deposit, and Charlestown. Those flags will be used to decorate the graves of the fallen in time for Memorial Day.
"I think this is important. We need to honor the soldiers who have served for us," said Phillips, 8. "You just take a flag and wrap it (a poppy) around the top."
The Brownie troop members partnered with members of American Legion Post 135 Ladies Auxiliary for this project. Together, they put poppies on 400 flags.
Poppies are a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen. That's why the scouts worked so hard to place them perfectly.
"We are making stuff for veterans and doing it to honor them. It's important," said Troop 118 member Jasmine Lowery, 9.
Kerisha Phillips is an assistant leader of the Brownie Troop which moved to Perryville's St. Mark's Church from their former meeting spot in North East.
"I feel it teaches the girls to respect and honor people who have sacrificed for them. They understand the sacrifices people make to keep them safe," said Kerisha Phillips. "Doing these flags is a way for them to express their appreciation."
Phillips said now that the troop has found a new home in Perryville, they are getting more involved in community service.
They recently weeded and cleaned the flower beds at Post 135. They also participated in River Sweep.