YPSILANTI, Mich. - Eric Ackerman and his dad, Rawsonville millwright JD Ackerman, recently completed a new collection box for worn and tattered U.S. flags made from donated steel from the Rawsonville Plant. The project was part of Eric’s Eagle Scout project and was presented to the Dundee Veterans Memorial on June 12, 2012. Attendees at the presentation included U.S. Marine Tabitha Pinter, who donated an American flag that flew at a Marine base in Afghanistan.
According to the U.S. Flag Code, “When an American flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. After your flag has been burned, the ashes should be buried.” This flag collection box offers a place for residents to drop off old flags for proper disposal.
In addition to building the collection box, Eric and JD collected about 100 old and tattered flags during the Dundee Fourth of July parade this past summer for the first disposal ceremony.
“We worked on the box along with several other projects at the VFW building for about a year including planting bushes, power washing and staining decks, replacing doors and replacing and painting lattice around the VFW building,” JD Ackerman said. “It was fun to work on these projects together.”
As of this month, Eric completed all of his merit badges. He will put together a presentation for the Eagle Scout board of review in order to earn his Eagle Scout badge.