The American legion Post 168 and BSA Scout Matthew Place and prospective Eagle Scout of Troop 270B collaborated on a project that has been needed in the Thurmont community. Many people contact the American Legion to ask what they should do with their worn/damaged American flags. The answer is that they should be retired in a solemn, dignified way such as a ceremony. The American Legion Post 168 holds such a ceremony once a year, with the assistance of local Scout troops.

Where can you drop off your worn/damaged American Flag? This question now has an accessible answer. The Thurmont community can now drop off worn/damaged flags around town, thanks to Matthew Place. Matthew, a prospective Eagle Scout, took on the challenge of designing, obtaining materials, and leading the building, painting, and detailing of four American flag drop boxes that will be placed at Hobbs Hardware, ACE Hardware, Gateway Candyland, and the Thurmont Police Department for community members to drop off their worn/damaged flags.

On behalf of the American Legion Post 168, “Thank you to BSA Scout Matthew Place, BSA Scout Troop members 270B & G, the Best Family, the Young Family, the Resch Family, ACE Hardware, Hobbs Hardware, the Whetzel Family, and the Place Family for helping this desired project come to fruition.”

Pictured from left are Nicolas Middendorf, 1st Vice Commander;  Allen Middendorf, Sargent at Arms; Matthew Place, BSA Troop 270;  David Place, BSA Troop 270; Carie Stafford, BSA Troop 270 & 2nd Vice Commander; Gary Spegal, Treasure; Debra Middendorf, 3rd Vice Commander

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