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Ashburn Blog: Eagle Scout collecting flags for Aug. 6 retirement ceremony

Mark Moore is a Leesburg 10th grader working on his Eagle Scout project.
Mark Moore, a 10th grader from Leesburg, is working on his Eagle Scout project in coordination with Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

He is collecting American flags in need of retirement – which is any flag that is faded, dirty or beyond repair.

“I had to think about a project and I knew a lot of people who needed flags to be retired, and I was interested in the process,” Moore said.

He contacted Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue to help coordinate a flag retirement event. They selected Aug. 6 at 8:30 and 10 a.m. to retire the flags, which is also during their monthly pancake breakfast.

The flag retirement ceremony is a special process, which Moore said includes cutting out the blue section of the flag, and the flags are then placed in a fire barrel. Once the fire is out, the ashes are taken to a national park for a proper burial, so they can become part of the nation again, he said.

During the flag retirement ceremony, Moore plans to explain the significance of all of the different parts of the process to everyone attending the event.

Following the flag retirement ceremony, a board will review Moore's Eagle Scout project to see if he has completed all aspects of it correctly.

Moore is collecting flags between now and Aug. 5. There is a box at St. Teresa's Church in Ashburn, and he will also be at the Ashburn Giant from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on July 15 to receive donations.

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