Scout col­lect­ing old Amer­i­can flags for dig­ni­fied re­tire­ment

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Wes­ley Mangum

Do you have old, worn Amer­i­can flags that need to be dis­posed of, but you don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry, my Ea­gle Project is here to help you. I’m Wes­ley Mangum, a mem­ber of Team 68 in Springville. I am cur­rently work­ing on my Ea­gle Project.

Through June, I will have col­lec­tion boxes at Springville lo­ca­tions to re­ceive your old Amer­i­can flags. The boxes will be at the Springville Li­brary, Springville City Cen­ter, Springville Se­nior Cen­ter, Reams Gro­cery Store and Art City Phar­macy. The do­nated flags will be given to lo­cal Scout troops who will re­tire them in a re­spect­ful and dig­ni­fied way at flag re­tire­ment cer­e­monies through­out the sum­mer and fall.

With Me­mo­rial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July com­ing up, now is a great time to get your old flags re­tired. Spring is the per­fect sea­son to get out your flags and as­sess if they need to be re­tired in fa­vor of a new one. If your flags are get­ting faded, torn, or are oth­er­wise worn, it’s time to re­place Old Glory.

The United States Flag Code states that “the flag, when it is in such con­di­tion that it is no longer a fit­ting em­blem for dis­play, should be de­stroyed in a dig­ni­fied way, prefer­ably by burn­ing.”

I came up with this Ea­gle Project idea be­cause it turns out that lots of peo­ple have old flags that they don’t know what to do with. Even at my house, we have sev­eral flags stacked in the closet that need to be re­tired. This project will help lots of peo­ple to get their own per­sonal flag sit­u­a­tions un­der con­trol.

Please sup­port my project by do­nat­ing your old Amer­i­can flags to be be re­tired in an hon­or­able man­ner.

Springville Scout Wes­ley Mangum is shown with one of the flag col­lec­tion boxes he has placed at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Springville as part of his Ea­gle Scout Project. The boxes are places where the pub­lic can de­posit their old, worn Amer­i­can flags for proper re­tire­ment.

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