Thanks to a Dublin Boy Scout, people will have a place to take American flags to be retired.

Thanks to a Dublin Boy Scout, people will have a place to take American flags to be retired.

Pete Zimmerman, a senior at Dublin Scioto High School, is working to place boxes at several locations throughout Dublin for flags to be retired for his Eagle Scout project.

"What we have is flag donation boxes," he said. "You can donate flags that might not be in the condition to be flown anymore. It's a place to put flags to be retired."

Zimmerman built the boxes, with one each to be placed at the Dublin Community Recreation Center and Dublin Community Church. The member of Troop 185 is also hoping to place at least one more somewhere in the community.

"I talked to a lot of people who said 'I have a bag of flags in the attic or basement and I don't know what to do with it,'" Zimmerman said.

Jeff Noble, commander of the Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800, said he often gets calls inquiring where to take flags to be retired and is happy to have a place to point people to.

"He is building boxes, attractive boxes, to put them in and is putting them in a more conspicuous place," Noble said of Zimmerman.

Zimmerman said he and his Boy Scout troop will be responsible for collecting the flags and holding a retirement ceremony.

"We have a retirement ceremony at the Court of Honor," he said. "We have an outside one in the summer and build a campfire."

To retire the flags, Zimmerman said, scouts cut out the stripes and stars and lay them over the fire before having a time of reverence.

"Then we bury the ashes somewhere special," he said. "It the best, most respectful way to take care of the flag."

Noble said flags should be retired when it "gets ratty or worn. Faded might even be a reason to retire a flag. It's sort of a subjective thing, but you should be conscientious of what a flag looks like and if it presents a good image to everybody."

Noble said the military can also retire flags and he hopes to someday have a retirement ceremony with the local American Legion Post and Boy Scouts.

Until then, collecting flags will be a part of Zimmerman's time with the Boy Scouts.

The group has been a part of Zimmerman's life since the first grade.

"I absolutely love it," he said of the organization. "Everything the Boy Scouts have to offer me is wonderful and it's given me good life skills."

Hikes and time spent outside are among Zimmerman's favorite time with the Boy Scouts.

"Going to Philmont (a Boy Scouts facility for a high adventure) was one of the best experiences of my life," he said.