Scout collecting old American flags for retirement

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.
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.

By Wesley Mangum, Springville

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.