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Hamilton boys scouts spread positivity with American flags

Posted at 10:29 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 22:56:32-04

HAMILTON, Mich. — Coronavirus has many people in our country living in fear.

"It is absolutely a challenge, I'm not going to lie to you, I'm afraid just like everybody else is," Troop 33 charter rep, Curt Pieper said.

However, in Hamilton, the simple act of placing American flags on the roadside has helped turn that fear into optimism.

"You turn on the TV and people are talking about staying home, things shutting down, people are getting nervous," scout master David Nevins added. "There's a lot of uncertainty and I think this is a way to make people feel better."

Over the weekend, three members of Boy Scout Troop 33 and their parents helped place over 40 flags in front of area businesses.

"My dad told me on Saturday that I was going to be setting out flags to help people with their courage and stuff through all of this," 12-year-old troop member Levi O'Connor said.

Not only does this spread strength throughout the Hamilton community, it helps remind citizens of the power of the American flag.

"We've had our backs up against the wall before," Pieper said about the United States, "we've always found a way to battle back, I think that's the strength we're looking for."

The troop is hopeful the flags send a message of courage and strength during these uncertain times.

"It means a lot because I feel like we're making a difference by just setting up one flag at a time," troop member Seth Nevins added.