Another instance of Boy Scouts showing respect for our American flag. Troop 339 collected more than 1000 flags for this retirement ceremony, ending the journey to Eagle for Jeffrey S. Piccolo. Good job, boys!
Life Rank Boy Scout Jeffrey S. Piccolo, 17, conducted the ceremony to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award in Scouting.
Piccolo, of Edwardsville, collected more than 1,000 worn American flags in two months from other Boy Scout troops, Veterans of Foreign War posts and American Legions.
This is a piece of history that could have easily disappeared for good, if not for an attentive sister. This flag presented to the Air Force National Museum this week, last saw the light of day March 29, 1973, thirty four years ago. The last U.S. flag flying over South Vietnam.
Air Force museum gets flag from Saigon
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — —When Mary Ruth Odell Barton found the last American flag to fly over South Vietnam among her brother David’s possessions after he died in 1995, she wanted to donate it to a historical institution.
After ruling out several places, she decided it belonged in the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Barton presented the flag Friday to museum director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles Metcalf during a reunion of the Tan Son Nhut Association, the Saigon air force base where the flag last was flown.
“I am quite honored to see the flag,” Metcalf told the group of veterans. “This fits in with our theme. The motto of the museum is ‘We are the keeper of their stories.'”