Tim and Teresa Choate of Palmer can rightly be proud of their son, Austin, who has almost completed the steps toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Choate, a member of Boy Scout Troop 232 and a junior at Palmer High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout project. He designed and constructed wooden receptacles that have been set out at Waxahachie Civic Center, Nicholas P. Sims Library and the Waxahachie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, where people can drop off American flags needing to be retired.

Choate noted that a candidate for Eagle Scout cannot have hands-on participation in building the project but acquires materials and directs the process.

We will collect the flags from the receptacles about three times during the year and then we have an annual flag retirement ceremony at the Boy Scout cabin on Brown Street next to the First Christian Church, he said. The reason I selected this as a project is because I wanted to do something that would be ongoing in our community.

I never had been involved in scouting until now and I have to tell you, Im very impressed with the program, Teresa Choate said. We are very proud of Austin.

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