Soon to be Eagle Scout collects retired flags

Darian Graivshark
Andrew Poche

There are seven ranks in Boy Scouts, with Eagle Scouts being the highest rank.

To receive the title of Eagle Scout, you must complete a service project that will better the community in some way. Andrew Poche's project for the community included building boxes that individuals can place retired American flags in. He is hoping to receive his Eagle title once 2019 rolls around.

"What inspired my project was realizing that the flood in 2016 had taken out some previous boxes in the area," Poche said. "Some friends of the Boy Scouts would come to us after this event to retire a flag, so I thought it'd be a good idea to make new boxes and have permanent places for retired flags again."

Flags are retired with a scripted retirement ceremony, which is put on by the Boy Scouts every year by a campfire. Typically, people retire flags when they are torn or are faded in color.

"Retiring flags in a sign of respect, especially when it is done at a ceremony like we do and not somewhere else," Poche said.

Once a month, a Flag Retirement Chair with the Boy Scouts will go to the boxes to collect the retired flags that have been put into the box. Once the boxes have been placed in their locations, they will remain there. Locations include Gonzales City Hall, Gonzales Courthouse, the Ascension Parish Council Office, and the American Legion Hall in Gonzales.

Diez Signs donated the signs for the boxes. Lowe's donated the hardware and the paint used, and Acadian Cabinets donated the wood to build them. Additionally the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office donated some money for the project to be fulfilled.

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