Officials from the Orange County Regional History Center oversaw the Scouts, who were asked to collect the flags so the American Legion can give them a proper retirement ceremony.
The flags have been deemed unserviceable for various reasons, including touching the ground, and will be respectfully retired and burned, said Chris Crowley, director of field service for the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council.
He said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ office reached out to the Scouts, asking them to get involved as a way for the boys to give back to their community.
“I would say one of things I feel is proud, very proud,” said Crowley, after the boys finished loading all the flags into white commercial vans. Michelangelo, the country’s youngest Hispanic Eagle Scout, said it was a privilege to help preserve and recognize the victims.
“This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever…as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so.”