Local Life Scout honors U.S. flags with Eagle project

April 22, 2024 | 12:09 am

Updated April 22, 2024 | 12:11 am

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Andrew Tanner, a Life Scout with Troop 3611, is making an impact in Owensboro with his Eagle project aimed at honoring and properly disposing of U.S. flags. Tanner’s initiative involves creating three U.S. flag retirement boxes — one each located at Smothers Park, the American Legion, and the Owensboro Parks & Recreation Department office.

The project, fueled by Tanner’s passion for patriotism and respect for the American flag, is a collaborative effort involving his father, brother, and fellow troop members. Constructed with durable materials such as pressure-treated plywood and 2x4s, these boxes are designed to withstand the elements and serve as a permanent fixture in the community.

“I’ve witnessed a lot of disrespect and improper disposal of the U.S. flag throughout my scouting journey,” Tanner said. “I wanted to change that narrative and provide a solution for people to properly dispose of their old or torn flags.”

The benefits of Tanner’s project extend beyond the physical boxes. They serve as designated drop-off points for worn-out flags, ensuring they are respectfully retired according to flag etiquette. Tanner hopes this initiative will encourage more people to dispose of flags properly rather than discard them inappropriately.

As part of his commitment, Tanner plans to maintain and monitor the boxes regularly, ensuring they remain in optimal condition for flag disposal.

“After I achieve my Eagle rank, I’ll continue to oversee these boxes, cleaning them out monthly and ensuring the flags are disposed of properly through my troop,” Tanner said.

April 22, 2024 | 12:09 am

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