Eagle Scout candidate and Hauppauge resident Frank Poma, of Troop 343 Hauppauge, delivered to the Hauppauge Public Library his completed Eagle Scout project, a worn flag collection box on Monday, March 6. Frank proposed the idea of a worn flag collection box to the library in May 2011.
“People do not necessarily know what to do with a worn flag, I wanted to help them dispose of them properly," he said.
Frank is 17 years old and attends Hauppauge High School. He has been a Boy Scout since the fifth grade. He is currently a Life Scout and the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of the troop.
Matthew Bollerman, director of the Hauppauge Public Library, was very excited on receiving the box.
“When I met Frank and he explained the concept to me, I thought it was terrific.” Bollerman continued, “It is one of those items that many people are not sure what to do with. The Library is always trying to help educate people about any number of things and how to handle the nation’s flag certainly qualifies.”
The box is located inside the library and can be used whenever the library is open.
Frank made arrangements with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post to collect the flags every month. Both organizations provide flag retirement service to the community.