A new American Flag Retirement Box is located at Skokie Fire Station 16, 7424 Niles Center Road, adjacent to public parking on the northeast side of the station. The American Flag Retirement Box is a location to respectfully dispose of American flags that have become weathered or damaged.
In early fall 2022, Jack Singer from Wilmette Boy Scout Troop 9 (pictured) constructed the box at Station 16 as his Eagle Scout Project, enlisting the services of approximately 10 fellow scouts and friends to complete the effort. Singer’s Boy Scout Troop leader initially suggested the project, and the search for a permanent location led Singer to contact Skokie Firefighter Tim Witkus. Skokie Fire Chief Jeffrey Hoeflich then obtained the necessary Village approvals and the box was constructed. On October 2, 2022, after successful project completion, Singer earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Singer's troop will collect flags from the box on a regular basis and retire them respectfully in accordance with American Flag retirement etiquette protocols.
Congratulations to Singer and thanks to the Skokie Fire Department for making this happen for the community!