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Installing flags Friday were, from left, Cameron Alkinburgh, Carolyn Adams, Jacob St. Martin, Connor Alkinburgh, and Austin Countryman.


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE — For about three hours Friday, from the morning into the early afternoon, Boy Scout Jacob St. Martin and four volunteers installed flags at local veteran homes as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

So far, over the course of two winter days, St. Martin and approximately ten volunteers have installed American flags at nearly 20 veteran homes, with about ten installations left until the project’s immediate completion, after which St. Martin will be required to explain his project in detail via paperwork that must be submitted to an Eagle Board of Review by Feb. 25, which is also his 18th birthday.

At that point, the Eagle Board of Review will require St. Martin to answer complex questions relating not only to this service project, but to his entire Boy Scout history and career.

After that meeting, if the board deems him worthy, St. Martin will become an Eagle Scout, though he will officially be presented with the designation during a future honorary banquet.

A big part of the Eagle service project is to set a leadership example, which is why ten volunteers have so far assisted St. Martin in the installation, including Eagle Scout Austin Countryman, who received the designation earlier this year.

At each house receiving a flag, St. Martin has visited with either the veteran he’s honoring or whoever is home at the time. “They show me where they want the flag,” said St. Martin, noting that he’s already talked to them about the installation prior to his arrival.

The volunteers then level the area to make sure it’s even, and depending on the house, they set holes for screws, then assembling the flag pole and attaching the flag. Each installation takes about 15 minutes.

On Dec. 23, one of the final homes receiving installation was that of former mayor Leigh Fuller, with St. Martin noting that he’s installing flags at the homes of both living and deceased veterans.

St. Martin explained that he raised funds to purchase brackets and poles by approaching local clubs and organizations for donations, and stated that any leftover money will be used to purchase more flag-installation-related items, so he can continue the project in the future, even after he’s received Eagle Scout designation.

The project, he said, may be something that’s continued through the Boy Scout troop as a service project, though that’s yet to be determined.

All of the flags installed as part of the project were donated by Woodman Life.