In support of the American Legion’s Americanism Pillar, members of the Kinney-Melquist Post 34 were looking for an old U.S. Mail box to convert into a U.S. Flag Drop Box for the community.

Several months ago, a local fisherman came forward. He heard of the search and happened to have a 1966 mail box on his property he was willing to donate. He wasn’t quite sure of its history, but said Post 34 was welcome to it.

The Post approached the local St. George collision repair shop to see if the box was salvageable. That’s when Larry Oakes, owner of Automaster’s Collision Service, and his team of professionals in Spruce Head, came to the rescue.

After some rust removal and cleaning by Legionnaire Andy Mathieson of Aqua Terra Vapor Blasting, they said the box was certainly salvageable. Once Automasters completed the “body work,” KDK Vinyl donated patriotic decals as the finishing touch for the restoration. The three companies each donated their materials and labor to the local veterans of the St. George community.

Now installed just outside the Post Legion Hall on Main Street in Tenants Harbor, the restored and camouflage painted flag box has already received the first flags for disposal.

Every Memorial Day, Post 34 — along with local Grange volunteers and the Boy and Girl Scouts — place a new flag on every veteran’s grave in St. George. These flags are removed after Veterans Day and at the recent Flag Retirement Ceremony, the Scouts retired over 200 flags that were collected throughout the year. Post 34 offers new U.S., State and service flags for purchase by the community.

"Our sincere thanks to Automasters, Aqua Terra and KDK Vinyl for their incredible work," said Jan Gaudio in a press release, "You’re invited to stop by the Post anytime to see the Flag Drop Box and remember to bring your faded, soiled, torn and damaged flags so they can be retired with the respect and pride they deserve as the symbol of freedom around the world."