For his Boy Scout Eagle project, Alex Gulino, from Weston Boy Scout Troop 788, will be establishing permanent collection sites for worn American flags and a proper retirement ceremony for the town of Weston. He hopes to make this an ongoing responsibility for the Weston Boy Scouts.
When a flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, tradition holds that it be destroyed in a dignified way.
Alex has set up permanent blue bins for collection at Weston Town Hall, Norfield Church, and, starting in September, Emmanuel Church.
There also will be a special collection bin at the Memorial Day fair, the Memorial Day parade, the July Fourth celebration, Election Day, and the Veterans Day celebration.
The first special collection will be during the Memorial Day fair at the Kiwanis food booth, where there will be a drop-off bin beginning Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. Also, there will be a special collection in front of town hall before and after the Memorial Day parade on May 27.
There will be index cards inside the collection bins on which those dropping off flags may document a brief history about the flag that will be read at the retirement ceremony.
Flags should not be disposed of if they are only dirty or if they can be repaired.
Those unable to bring a flag that needs to be disposed of to these locations may contact Alex at 203-226-8482 to make arrangements for pickup.