Do you have a U.S. Flag that is unable to be repaired or is too tattered, but you don't know where to take it for proper retirement? Thanks to a young Elk Grove resident, Vaughn Fraley, there is now an easy solution.
Fraley, 16, is an Eagle Scout from Troop 118. For Fraley to earn scouting’s highest rank – Eagle – he spent about three months planning and executing a project that would benefit the community at large.
Fraley installed U.S. Flag retirement boxes at two Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) locations: the Pavilion in Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road) and the Laguna Town Hall (3020 Renwick Avenue).
The retirement of a U.S. Flag is a time-honored tradition, and one that carries a great significance. Community members can now take their flags to these permanent outdoor collection boxes, and the Boy Scouts will ensure that the traditions and ceremony are utilized in the flag’s retirement.
“I chose this project because while my troop is volunteering in the community, citizens often ask where they can retire their worn flags,” Fraley said. “It is also important to me, as an American, that we respect the symbols that represent our nation.”