Boy Scouts of America Troop 73 Life Scout Zachary DuFault chose to honor the stars and stripes of the nation by designing and building a flag retreat station in Cape May County Park South for his Eagle Scout project.
16-year-old DuFault is in his final year at Lower Cape May Regional High School. The United States of America Flag Removal Ceremonial Station lasted over a year and consists of a steel hearth and 180 dedicated and commemorative bricks surrounded by five pews.
On Tuesday August 17, DuFault and his fellow Scouts from Troop 73 held a flag removal ceremony. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 people, including Cape May County Commissioner E. Marie Hayes, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Senator Michael A. Testa, MPs Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan, Deputy Mayor of Middle Township Theron Gandy, local veterans organizations, members of the Boy Scouts of America, their family and friends. The United States Coast Guard Coast Guard was on hand for the ceremony. The event was open to the Cape May patriotic community.
During the ceremony, an old tattered flag was taken down and the stripes were removed and placed in the burning fire.
According to DuFault, the purpose of the Cape May County United States of America Flag Retirement Station is to encourage respect for the United States flag and to allow for the dignified disposal of unusable flags. Use of this area will be open to all veterans organizations, Boy Scout / Girl Scout troops, schools, churches and local organizations.
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