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In 2008, Dave Soderberg and a group of volunteers created a one-of-a-kind drop box to collect badly worn flags.
The Kiwanis Club got a postbox from the local postmaster and asked the art department at Parker High School to create a design
Dave asked for the design to include a bald eagle, both because it’s the nation’s
symbol and because he learned respect for the flag in Boy Scouts, where he eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Senior Ashley Rutter from Parker High School designed and painted the box. The box was installed Tuesday,
May 19, 2008 at Kiwanis Park. Tim Roth donated money toward the box as a memorial to his father, Marvin Roth,
who always conducted the flag disposal ceremony in the past.
Residents drop off worn flags to be burned in a ceremony on the Wednesday nearest Flag Day, June
Boy Scout Troop 539 folds the flags before they are unfurled and incinerated.
In 2007, we spent about six hours burning 118 flags. After installation of the collection
box in 2008, 310 flags were collected in the first 10 days. We now retire between 500 and 600 flags each year.