Wanted: A few old flags.
Lake Havasu City Boy Scout Jason Casado is collecting worn-out U.S. flags for a retirement ceremony in December. It's the last hurdle Casado has before he can obtain his Eagle Scout ranking.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest in the Boy Scout organization, with only 7 percent of the group's members ever reaching the milestone. Casado, a 13-year scout with Havasu's Troop 25, has completed 49 merit badges of the 21 required for the Eagle rank, as well as his service and leadership requirements. His last project, the flag collection, will fullfil his community service requirement.
Casado said he hopes his project will inspire other Havasu residents to display the flag with pride and give it the respect it deserves. The worn flag drive will continue through Nov. 29. Casado also is collecting financial donations to help pay for replacement flags for people who donate an old one.
He'll hold a flag retirement ceremony at noon on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, at Campbell Ranch, 4666 Chemehuevi Blvd. Casado also is working with a charitable organization called "Stars for Our Troops," which takes the embroidered stars from donated flags and attaches a special message that is sent to active military and retired veterans.
Troop 25 will disperse the stars to servicemen in the Havasu and Las Vegas areas around Veterans Day.
To donate a flag, send an email to Casado at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may drop your worn American flag in a marked receptacle at Food City, Safeway, or Bashas' stores in Lake Havasu City.