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Posted on: October 23, 2020

PROPERLY DISPOSE OF AMERICAN FLAGS

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Retiring an American flag requires the proper disposal. A special thank you to Boy Scout Troop 44 for providing Johnston resident’s a permanent location. The community flag drop box, located behind the Public Safety building, 6373 Merle Hay Rd., was part of an Eagle Scout project.


The retirement of an American flag is a time-honored tradition and one that carries great significance. Taking your flag to this drop box will ensure the traditions and ceremony are utilized in the flag’s retirement. 


Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11) is upon us, which is a perfect time to dispose of worn, torn, or faded American flags. Once the flag drop becomes full, the flags will be properly disposed of by Boy Scout Troop 44.

Below is background information on how the drop box was constructed. 

When Evan Houston was a senior at Johnston High School, he needed a welding class project. He reached out to one of his Scout leaders, Heather Reis, to ask if she had any project ideas. She certainly did, and one that had been on her bucket list for quite some time. The donation of a flag drop box for Johnston residents seemed like the perfect idea, but the cost seemed intimidating.  


Evan is always motivated by giving back to his community. He was excited about this project but unfortunately graduated before the box could be completed. But Tom Reis and Dale Day stepped in to assist. They added the doors and legs and did some straightening up of the medal on the box. The paint shop manager at Tony Moro also donated his time to smooth and fill out the welds to finish this beautiful box. The final piece, done by Chet Skoog was the painting design. 


A special thank you to the Johnston Boy Scout Troop 44 and Pack 244 for funding the paint and signage.


The photos below are the construction of the flag drop box. 

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Evan Houston with the completed flag drop box.

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