Local Boy Scout retires more than 100 US flags

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- A local Life Scout part of Troop 1861 held a special ceremony Saturday as a part of his Eagle Scout project.

Over a dozen people gathered in the parking lot of Peace Lutheran Church in College Station to watch Ayden Hodges retire more than 150 U.S. flags.

All 150 flags were from the Houston area. Hodges says he reached out to the United States Postal Service, and they reached out to surrounding post offices requesting flags for retirement.

Hodges burned the retired flags, which is the proper way to dispose of worn or damaged flags.

"US code 36 section 176 states that once it is no longer a fitting emblem of the United States, so there is not really a set requirement,” said Hodges, “But once it is frayed at the ends, or faded, that's when you want to start looking at getting a new flag."

All 150 flags were retired today, and Hodges says he hopes to take what he has learned while being a boy scout to move up into executive ranks of the organization.