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Eagle Scout Project Yields Flag Retirement Facility in Springfield, Ceremony Thursday

Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Before and After, The Rendering of what the Project was supposed to look like, this was the original idea proposed. Credits: Frankie Sarraccino
Flag Final, What the Final Project will look like Credits: Frankie Sarracino
The trailer after the arborvitaes have been planted Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Volunteer, John McElroy, a volunteer and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 73, helps dig Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Planting Trees, Volunteer put the trees in, as well as nutrients after the holes were dug Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Digging Posts, Volunteer Ori Michael digs the posts where the benches would be placed. Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Cemented In, the benches are finally cemented in after a long day of digging Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Painting - The benches are stained with paint donated from Sherman Williams Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Digging a Path: Volunteers dig a path for the rock to be placed so that walking in the area is level and easy Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Tamping it Down: Michael Zacieracha tamps down the rock path Credits: Frankie Sarracino
Hard Day's Work: After a long day of digging and moving stone and mulch the project is complete without the box. Credits: Frankie Sarracino

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Frankie Sarracino of Boy Scout Troop #73 of Springfield had an inspiration during his first camping trip.  He came with an idea for his Eagle Scout project.  It was to build a flag retirement facility at the Chisholm Community Center.

Only a few organizations are allowed to retire flags and the Boy Scouts are one of them..  Some others include the Girl Scouts, members of the Military, and the Elks.

To be an Eagle Scout project, approval must come from the Troop's leadership and then it must be completed. Frankie got the commitment for his troop leadership to do the project.  It included building a container by the Chisholm parking lot for the collection of retired flags, installing benches and trees, and doing landscaping. Boy Scout Troop # 73, consisting of 25 boys, enlisted the help of friends and family and established a “GoFundMe” site. They raised approximately $1,000. 

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According to Frankie, local retailers also contributed to the cause.  He said a special thanks was due to Home Depot, Sherwin Williams and Williams Nursery for their donation of building materials, paint and two trees.  The Township of Springfield Department of Public Works installed two benches.

The Flag Retirement Box Inaugural Ceremony is scheduled on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Community Center back parking lot. 

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