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Posted on Nov 6, 2014

Eagle Scout project honors veterans

Seventeen-year-old Ian Allen has been pretty busy these past five months working on his Eagle Scout project, and his hard work will be unveiled this Veterans Day.

So far, Allen has logged at least 30 hours alphabetizing the U.S. casket flags representing veterans buried in the Quincy Cemetery. About 160 flags were organized into sections and alphabetized by last names, making it easier for loved ones to locate their flags come Veterans Day.

“Most of the things we wanted to do we got done. All in all, it’s been a great project,” said the Quincy High School senior. “I learned from this project that you have to work hard to accomplish something. When you’re done, you feel like you’ve accomplished something and you’re successful at it.”

The system is new this year, but, if it is successful, it will be adopted on a permanent basis and used for the Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations. Come Nov. 11, Allen will be on site to organize volunteers, set up flags and let people know where the flag markers are.

This year, due to the new system and the need for organization and alphabetizing, it may take up to two hours for Scouts to set the flags. This has been a long-standing tradition with the Boy Scouts.

“This project is important for Scouts,” Allen said. “We are patriotic. All of the Scouts and volunteers help set up the flags.”

Through his project, Allen has enjoyed getting to know a little bit about the local veterans who served in the military.
“These are people you live with or were your next door neighbors,” he said. “It’s nice to see them recognized for the service they’ve done.”

— By Tammara Green/QVPR contributor

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