Boy Scouts of America Troop 192 member Zachary Moore has completed his Eagle Scout Project, two American flag retirement boxes, one located at Sunbury United Methodist Church and one at Community Library in Sunbury.
Moore had originally planned to construct a footbridge across Prairie Run Creek on the north side of Cherry Street in Sunbury, but the project stalled due to several bureaucratic issues.
“After the last project, the bridge project, fell through, I knew that a quicker and financially simpler project was needed,” Moore said. “Having been active in Troop 192 in Westerville for the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to lead American flag retirement ceremonies in which our troop retired hundreds, even thousands, of flags from the Westerville community.
Moore said his scoutmaster, Christopher Metzger, never failed to remind the scouts of the many flags that once were flown in honor of veterans and those serving in the military currently.
“Over time, these ceremonies taught me and my fellow scouts of the vital role that the Boy Scouts of America have in retiring these symbols of our country,” Moore said. “It teaches the next generation to retain the proper care and respect of the same flag that many of our brothers and sisters have fought and died for.”
Moore said he looked into Sunbury’s existing flag retirement boxes and discovered that the community only has one box in the Village center, located at the entrance to the Village of Sunbury Administration Building and serviced by Sunbury’s Veterans of Foreign War Post 8736.
“I felt that constructing two other boxes would enhance these ideals in our community,” Moore said. “My troop met accordingly and designed two boxes, one for the Sunbury United Methodist Church and one for Community Library. After meeting with the Library director and with church leaders, we decided on locations for the boxes. Both are placed in the front set of doors.”
Moore said members of BSA Troop 701 have agreed to regularly check the boxes and maintain their up-keep in both locations.
“Once again, the larger aim of the boxes is to remind our community members to fly any American flags that they might have,” Moore added. “If their flags come to be used beyond repair, they know they have a trusted source to retire their flags through.”