Bay High Student adds another flag receptacle box in community

A flag receptacle box now sits outside Bay High School for worn and damaged flags.
A flag receptacle box now sits outside Bay High School for worn and damaged flags.(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 9:37 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 9:58 AM CST
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local Bay High school student is helping store torn and worn American flags until they can properly be retired.

Kaial Hajik has added his 6th flag receptacle box. This latest one is at Bay High school. NewsChannel 7 is told the boxes have a sign from Allegiance Flag company to enable patrons to get a new flag at a reduced cost after depositing their old tattered and torn flag.

He said these flag boxes are helpful for the community and important to him. Hajik’s father said that his son purchases the boxes out of money he earns from cutting grass and then hand paints and decorates them himself.

“Well as an ROTC cadet and as a boy scout I always try and do a good deed every day and try and be a good citizen in the community,” said Hajik. “A couple of years ago I went to the landfill. I saw hundreds of flags in a really torn plastic box just laid to waste, almost as if you just threw it in the trash. I want to do something about it you know to provide them storage and like I said retire our nation’s colors respectfully.”

Hajik hopes these boxes spread more patriotism and respect for the American flag. All you have to do is bring your flag to one of these boxes and drop them in.

The locations of the boxes are 3 of the VFWs in Panama City and Panama City Beach, SteelField Shooting Range, American post 392, and now Bay High school.