A drop box for residents to properly remove American flags has been installed outside College Place Town Hall, the result of a local Eagle Scout community service project.
Joshua Courtney, a 17-year-old College Place High School student, decided to design the collection box after working with the Walter C. Lee Post 32 American Legion in Walla Walla.
“It was something that I saw that could be done, something that was a manageable project,” Courtney said. “It’s patriotic and something that actually contributes to the community in some way.”
In 2021, the local American Legion Post worked with Veterans of Foreign Wars Walla Walla Grant Farmer Post 992 to install a similar drop box in Walla Walla. Now both cities have a final resting place for Old Glory’s final flight.
The Flag Drop Box, located near the mailbox and ballot box outside of City Hall, allows flags to be removed in accordance with the US Flag Code, which specifies the formal etiquette for destroying an old flag.
The code states that when the flag is no longer a proper emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonial manner, preferably by burning it. Most American Legion posts will hold an annual ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14, to remove old or worn flags.
In the case of the College Place drop box, the Courtney Boy Scout troop will be responsible for collecting flags for disposal, said Robert McAndrews, College Place’s director of public works.