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Eagle Scout Project benefits Holstein community

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Michael Perrett
When Ridge View High School junior Michael Perrett undertook an Eagle Scout project about a year ago, he not only successfully completed his project, he left an unforgettable imprint on the community of Holstein and especially the families of Holstein military veterans.

Perrett, in conjunction with the Holstein American Legion Post, set up a project where families could purchase a U.S. flag, pole, bracket and name tag for $175 in honor of a veteran. He put out the word and those who were interested could contact either he, his parents, or Jim and Karen Breyfogle for their flag. The Legion then helped Perrett set up an Avenue of Flags along Highway 20 on the south edge of town, near the Char-Mac Assisted Living Facility.

By Veteran's Day 2011, Perrett had sold 267 flags, and he was able to set up the Avenue of Flags for its first display. The flags were taken down after Veteran's Day, but will see plenty of action in the coming months, as the plan is to set up the Avenue of Flags again for Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July.

Here is a photo of the Holstein Avenue of Flags on full display. Photo contributed.
Perrett, who is busy finishing up his high school studies in anticipation of his May 20th graduation, said the plan is to fly the flags on all of the afore-mentioned holidays, as well as Veteran's Day. He also said that there has been some talk about flying the flags in conjunction with any special Holstein celebrations or parades, but nothing has definitely been decided about that. The Legion members have gladly accepted the responsibilities of raising, lowering and storing these patriotic reminders, upon which many of the people who were privileged to see the display last November have commented very favorably.

As for Michael Perrett, he has earned his Eagle Scout badge, but has not yet set up his award ceremony, due to the busy nature of completing a final semester of high school. Next fall, Michael, the son of John and Jane Perrett of Holstein, plans to attend Hawked Community College in Waterloo to study Heating and Air Conditioning.

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