Oak Ridge senior Benjamin Gross recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Benjamin planned and led fellow Scouts and friends to build a flag retirement box for residents to drop off their old or tattered flags, which is now located inside the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Norm Rowett Pavilion.
Each year local Boy Scout troops collect flags and give them an honorable retirement at a ceremony called Eternal Flame. As the Boy Scout Handbook explains, “Ultimately, it’s important to remember that the United States flag is more than just a banner of red, white and blue … It stands for the past, present and future of our country. It represents our people, our land and our many ways of life.”
Old and worn flags may be dropped off at the El Dorado Hills CSD. The Boy Scouts will give them a proper resting place. A local Girl Scout troop also has a collection box located at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station. For more information about the Eternal Flame ceremony visit scoutingwire.org/everything-a-scout-should-know-about-u-s-flag-retirement/.
Benjamin is in Troop 454 and became a Scout in 2010. His Board of Review was on Jan. 17 and his Court of Honor will be held April 2.