El Paso County, CO, May 11, 2017 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Thursday, May 11, recognized Boy Scout Matt Day with a Letter of Commendation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and completing a unique and patriotic Eagle Scout project.
For his project, Eagle Scout Day, who is a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Manitou Springs Middle School, recently managed the construction of a proper American Flag Retirement Facility at the Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs.
“I thought that was a fantastic idea, it’s the only Flag Retirement Facility I know of in our community,” said District 3 Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, who presented Day with the Letter of Commendation.
On April 19, VanderWerf had joined Day and an Honor Guard of Boy Scouts from Troop 18 and took part in a retirement ceremony at the facility that Day had built.
The new Flag Retirement Facility at the cemetery is made up of a large concrete platform with a propane fueled fire pit. At the front of the platform is a plaque, acknowledging Day’s hard work.
“Matt is one of our up-and-coming young leaders,” said Andy Kovats, the Scoutmaster for Troop 18. “He was able to put this project all together, do the research and gain good communication skills interviewing dignitaries and other city officials.”
To watch a video of the April 19 Flag Retirement Ceremony at Crystal Hills Cemetery led by Eagle Scout Matt Day and conducted by the Troop 18 Honor Guard, go to the El Paso County YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/DADlj70Chos. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.