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Cedar Rapids Girl Scouts look to properly retire flags

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Three Cedar Rapids middle schoolers are hoping to collect 1,000 flags that can no longer be flown. Three Cedar Rapids middle schoolers are hoping to collect 1,000 flags that can no longer be flown.
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A group of eastern Iowa Girl Scouts are helping properly retire worn American flags.

Three Cedar Rapids middle schoolers are hoping to collect 1,000 flags that can no longer be flown.

On Saturday, the Scouts were collecting flags at the New Bo market on the city's southeast side.

Those flags will be retired during a June ceremony.

The girls are working towards their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor they can earn as Scouts.

"When we're driving somewhere, I always see flags that are ripped and faded, and it just makes me upset that people don't take care of the flags," said Kaitlyn Pohlman, one of the three Girl Scouts involved in the project.

The Scouts will also honor each of the 96 Iowa service men and women killed in the line of duty since 2001.

Flag collection stations will be located at the New Bo Market, Kirkwood bookstore, and Linn County Veteran's Affairs office.

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