by David Maas
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Village of Sugar Grove recently received a donated box designed to hold retired flags.
Village of Sugar Grove Trustee Rick Montalto and Sugar Grove resident Dave Paluch had been searching for a weatherproof, outdoor container for retired flags to place at Village Hall and were seeking donations to help pay for it.
â€œThe idea came to me when a senior citizen approached me, and asked me what they should do with their worn out flag,â€ Montalto said.
â€œThey said the village acquiring such a receptacle was important to them because it would honor the U.S. Flag, as well as the men and women who have served in the military.â€
Earlier this month, Sen. Randy Hultgren contacted Montalto and Paluch and expressed his interest on joining the search for a permanent outdoor container, as well as donating a specially made, temporary indoor box. He presented the box to the village Oct. 14.
The box is made of wood, is painted red, white and blue, and is about the size of a treasure chest, Montalto said.
The temporary depository box will be located inside Villiage Hall. Residents may drop their retired flags into the box. A local Boy Scout troop volunteered to be in charge of picking up flags deposited in the box and transporting them to the Sugar Grove American Legion, where Legion members will dispose of them in the proper manner.
â€œI think this is a good project,â€ Montalto said. â€œIt involves the village, the Scouts, the legion, and benefits the citizens at no financial cost to anyone.â€