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Maple Grove Eagle Scout on a mission to retire flags properly

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) -

So many of us don’t know what to do with our old tattered American flags but today, an Eagle Scout in Maple Grove has made it his mission to change that.

Jason Chisato-Rodvick expected to get about 10 flags donated to his project. He ended up with more than 80.

“My grandma showed me this flag that was torn and worn and had been sitting in her attic for 6-7 years. She didn’t know what to do with it,” Jason said.

That flag belonged to a World War II veteran who was very special to him, his grandfather. He researched, and turned retiring American flags into his Eagle Scout project.

“I saw a couple of ideas,” Jason said. “Some of them were clearly wrong. This one stood out to me. It seemed very patriotic. It has symbolism, meaning.”

Jason explains the meaning behind this disposal technique.

“We leave the blue field canton because no one should ever let the union be broken,” he said.

Jason leaves for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia on June 9th and like military members who have come before him, the style of retiring a flag is secondary.

“I think the respect we need to show the flag is something we need to pass on and especially the young scouts,” said veteran Bill Robert.

Thanks to his carefully crafted depository, Lord of Life church in Maple Grove will have a place to collect and retire American flags this Memorial Day weekend and for years to come.

“Remember old flags never die,” Jason said. “They just get fired up.”

Properly Retiring a Flag

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” – The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k

Organizations that accept flags for retirement
VFW Post
American Legion Post
Fire Department
Boy Scout Troop
Girls Scout Troop
Marine Corp League

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