Troop 50 Boy Scout Levi Smith has partnered with local American Legion 137 to place a permanent drop box at the Legion site for community members to have their American Flags properly retired.

MIAMI – Just in time for Flag Day, Troop 50 Boy Scout Levi Smith has embarked on his Eagle Scout project to have a place for community members to have their American Flags properly retired.

Smith has partnered with local American Legion 137 to place a permanent drop box at the Legion site that will serve the public as a place to bring in worn flags that need to be retired.

In the short term, area banks such as First National Bank in downtown Miami and Allen Sign have allowed Smith to place temporary drop off boxes for his flag collection drive.

There are three appropriate methods recognized for the retirement of worn or damaged American flags – burning, recycling, and donation. Burning is listed as the preferred method.

The U.S. Flag Code states “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Many organizations, including the American Legion host annual or semi-annual flag retirement ceremonies where flags are reverently burned.

Smith hopes to have a permanent box in place outside of the American Legion 137 building by early July with the help of current sponsors and additional donations.

Beyond scouting Smith is also a senior at Miami High School where he plays trumpet in the band and is an outfielder for the baseball team. A member of First Christian Church in Miami he has also been a dancer for over 15 years with the Dance Academy.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor at the Miami News-Record. Contact her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.