Robby Donoho, an Eagle Scout retires 101 American flags on September 11th to honor the victims of 9/11 and earns an Eagle Scout Reward.
On September 11th, 2001 Robby Donoho was only two years old. He has no memory of the events from that day but that didn’t stop him from paying his respects to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is also the last piece he needed to finish his Eagle Scout project.
According to Donoho, he collected every torn, tattered, and faded US flag he could find. He also accepted donations from location community businesses, organizations, churches, and anyone else willing to help his cause. Donoho’s father, Bobby, a scoutmaster, said “People don’t understand what to do with them, so they put them in bins there.”
Bobby says he routinely collects American flags for his troop to retire. One night while sitting at home, him and Robby both decided that retiring 100+ flags would be the final project he needed to collect his Eagle Scout Award. Most scouts choose to retire one flag, but Robby set his sights much higher by setting a goal of 101 flags to retire. He also chose 9/11 as an extra way to honor the victims.
Most US flags he received were smaller household flags. However, he did receive one rather large flag. The biggest flag was donated by Doug Bridges Memorial Hunt and was the last flag retired during the ceremony. This particular flag was retired in honor of Army Cpl. Doug Bridges, 22, of Buhl, Idaho who was killed November 4, 2006 in Afghanistan.
During the ceremony, a scout read from the scout law, which goes “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
The flag project started as a simple way to earn an Eagle Scout award grew to much more. The father and son duo hope that the ceremony was also educational and taught the community and other Eagle Scouts about the important of properly retiring an old American flag.
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