Scout proposes flag retirement pit at Mount Albion Cemetery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 January 2018 at 10:32 am

ALBION – An Albion Boy Scout working on his Eagle project has proposed building a flag retirement pit at Mount Albion Cemetery.

Harrison Brown, a member of Troop 164, said the stone pit would have masonry and be permanent. He would like it to be in the veterans’ section of the historic cemetery.

Harrison has attended flag retirement ceremonies and often the flags are burned in a 55-gallon barrel.

“I don’t think that is the best way to honor the flag,” he told Village Board members on Wednesday.

Mayor Dean London said the Village Board is open to the idea and wants to consult with Jason Zicari, the cemetery superintendent. Zicari may have a location in mind for the flag retirement pit.

Harrison said the pit would be available for use by Scouts, veterans’ organizations and others in the community.

Freeman Lattin completed an Eagle Scout project at the cemetery last year, repainting all of the street signs and replacing some of nuts and bolts.

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