Honoring the American flag


Brothers complete Eagle Scout projects

Aaron Simpson,16, places a worn flag in the fire pit that he constructed while Blaine Simpson, 16, stands at attention and salutes. Both Boy Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award with their projects.

Aaron Simpson,16, places a worn flag in the fire pit that he constructed while Blaine Simpson, 16, stands at attention and salutes. Both Boy Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award with their projects.


Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News

Blaine, 16, left, and Aaron Simpson, 16, stand next to the flag retirement drop box that Blaine built.


Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News

Blaine Simpson, 16, left,hands a tattered flag to be placed in the fire pit, to his brother Aaron, 16.


Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News

ANNA — Flag Day took on a new meaning for two local Boy Scouts.

Twin brothers, Aaron, 16, and Blaine Simpson, 16, of Anna, both completed their Boy Scout Eagle award by working on projects associated with Flag Day. Anna Boy Scout Troop 301 celebrated the event with a dedication ceremony and flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, June 14.

Blaine, a Life Scout with Anna Troop 301, built five U.S. flag retirement drop boxes , which will be placed a various locations in Shelby County. The boxes will be located at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelby County Veterans Service office, the Veterans Service Center, Anna Fire Department and American Legion Heiland Post 446 in Anna.

Aaron, a Life Scout with Anna Troop 301, built a semi-permanent U.S. flag retirement pit at the American Legion Heiland Post 446 in Anna.

Both Blaine and Aaron wanted their Eagle Scout Service Projects to compliment each other. They wanted the Shelby County community to have a place to deposit unserviceable US flags, and a place to retire those flags with honor and respect.

The young men started the Scouting program as Tiger Cubs in Cub Scouts in the first grade. They have been looking forward to being Eagle Scouts ever since. Both Blaine and Aaron would like to thank everyone for the support they have receive in earning their Eagle Scout award.

The pair will be sophomores at Anna High School this fall. They are the sons of Lori Simpson.

The American Legion charters Troop 301.

Aaron Simpson,16, places a worn flag in the fire pit that he constructed while Blaine Simpson, 16, stands at attention and salutes. Both Boy Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award with their projects.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/06/web1_flag_1984.jpgAaron Simpson,16, places a worn flag in the fire pit that he constructed while Blaine Simpson, 16, stands at attention and salutes. Both Boy Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award with their projects. Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News

Blaine, 16, left, and Aaron Simpson, 16, stand next to the flag retirement drop box that Blaine built.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/06/web1_flag_1979.jpgBlaine, 16, left, and Aaron Simpson, 16, stand next to the flag retirement drop box that Blaine built. Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News

Blaine Simpson, 16, left,hands a tattered flag to be placed in the fire pit, to his brother Aaron, 16.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/06/web1_flag_1961.jpgBlaine Simpson, 16, left,hands a tattered flag to be placed in the fire pit, to his brother Aaron, 16. Steve Egbert | Sidney Daily News
Brothers complete Eagle Scout projects