This is a story that appeared in the American Legion (Sherwood, Ore.) Post 56 July-August newsletter.
"The Story Behind Our New American Flag Drop Box"
You may have noticed the fantastic looking Retired Flag Drop Box at the entrance to our building. Here is the story of how it came to be. The project was spearheaded by Sherwood Eagle Scout Carsen Christensen. The idea of having a flag drop box came from a friend/neighbor/veteran of Carsen named John (JB) Bouscher. He had heard about them and wanted to have a great place for Sherwood to retire flags properly. Carsen loved the idea and took it on as his Eagle Scout project. Once the project was approved by the Eagle Scout Board, Carsen coordinated the project. He was given an old ballot drop box from the City of Sherwood to use. He had many hands helping him strip, sand, prime and paint the box. Carsen looked around for ideas on how to decorate the box and couldn't find anything that would really make the box the piece of art he was hoping for. He reached out to PDX Wraps, of Sherwood, and asked for help. They generously donated their time and materials to make the box look amazing! After more than 100 hours of combined labor, Carsen, along with his family, friends and troop members (from Troop 838), finally installed the box over Memorial Day weekend.
The plan is for The American Legion to collect and store the flags during the year. Each year, on Flag Day, the Scouts, Legion members and any community members who would like to attend will have a short ceremony to properly retire the flags that have been collected throughout the year. Commander Jasmer will work together with Carsen to get the first year's program done, and then each year after that we are hoping it will just become a tradition.