MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, which means flags will soon be visible on nearly every street corner, and for past month and half a Wamego Eagle Scout has been collecting flags for a special retirement ceremony.
"Being in scouting I’ve always been taught to give back to the community after reaching the rank of Eagle," said Cody Filbert. "My friend James reached the rank of Eagle and he did this ceremony about five years ago and I wanted to follow in his footsteps."
Every few years flags need to be replaced due to the wear and tear from weather, and in just over a week at the First Baptist Church in Wamego, nearly 1,400 flags will be properly put to rest.
"It’s so that you can give your memory to that flag just like a military soldier that’s killed in action," said Filbert. "These flags have flown over our country and many other places in our nation that symbolizes our freedom."
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on July 2nd at First Baptist Church in Wamego.