Eagle Scout project provides boxes used to hold worn and frayed U.S. flags prior to their proper discharge


KINGMAN – Scout Laine Barnes, Troop 98, along with Scout Cody Shrum and Eagle Scouts Josh and Nick Taflan recently scoured the city collecting 148 worn and tattered U.S. flags that will be honorably retired as part of Barnes’ Eagle Scout project.


Barnes will revamp three vintage military burner boxes into flag retirement boxes. One is from the 1950s and the other two from the ’70s. The boxes have been gutted of all internal holding parts, scrubbed to remove lingering gas and other odors, sanded, repaired, painted inside and out, with added legs so they never sit on the ground, braided ropes added, lined and labeled appropriately.

Each of the two Veterans of Foreign Wars halls in Kingman will get a box. The third will go to the Tri-State Shooting Park in Fort Mohave for the public’s use while the flags await their proper discharge. Each recipient also will receive a new flag to fly next to the box.

Barnes would like to thank the merchants and citizens who so graciously gave their flags to this project. He also would like to thank those who have already retired out their flags prior to this project.

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