LIMA — Carter Kohli, 14, is working on his Eagle Scout project.
At 4 p.m. Friday, Kohli and the rest of Troop 777 from Shawnee Alliance Church will participate in a flag retirement ceremony at the Veterans Freedom Flag Monument on Buckeye Road.
“The purpose of my project is to collect worn and torn U.S. flags and retire them properly,” said Kohli.
Kohli chose this project because of his interest in history.
“I always wondered why my school put the flag at half staff for Patriot Day but never Pearl Harbor Day. I looked into it and found out that they should have been. I also started to learn more things about the U.S. flag and other nation’s flags. I wanted to bring the importance of our flag and what national flags mean to greater attention. I hope to do this through the implementation of my project,” he said.
Kohli has also installed a flag retirement station at the monument, so people can bring their old torn or weathered flags to be properly disposed of.
He also installed a display at the monument to teach people a little bit more about the U.S. flag and our heritage.
“It’s a chance to do something for your community. To really put a lot of effort and really do something you’ve always wanted to,” said Kohli.
“He’s the thrust behind it all. The object of it is to let them put together projects. He did a wonderful job, came up with a lot of the concepts,” said Greg Gebolys with Veteran Freedom Flag Monument Inc.
The flag retirement station is located to the left of the flag monument itself. It’s a repurposed U.S. Postal Service mailbox. To the right of it is information on flags.
“It serves a big purpose. A lot of people want to give the respect and honor due to the American flag and he’s given them a better way to do it than just disposing of it improperly,” said Gebolys.
Gebolys is impressed with Kohli’s growing leadership skills.
“We’ve helped a lot of scouts receive their Eagle award and it’s really refreshing to see people like that because all you hear about is the bad kids. There’s a ton of good kids out there. Young men that are coming up and makes you feel like hey this is OK when I get older that this country is going to be OK because of people like him. He is a prime example of the good things that our country is doing right now,” said Gebolys.
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