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Franklin Scout taps into what's meaningful

Bugle-playing youth plans flag-retirement Eagle Scout project

March 27, 2012

Franklin - The 150th anniversary of Taps, our national bugle call, will be celebrated May 19 in Washington, D.C.

That date, coincidentally, is Josh Schubring's 17th birthday, and he will celebrate it at Arlington National Cemetery, in our nation's capital, sounding Taps.

The Boy Scout who loves American history and has a profound sense of patriotism couldn't imagine a better way to spend the day than with 175 other buglers from across the nation who will sound rolling Taps.

"The History Channel is on all the time at our home," said his dad, Todd Schubring, who said Josh taught himself how to play the 24-note Taps, and he's been sounding it since he was 12. "I still get choked up. Just having a youth who's focused on America and our soldiers, it's pretty cool."

Josh said he was inspired by his mother, Lisa Schubring, who was a captain in the Air Force, and his grandfather, Melvin Schubring, who was an engineer in the Army. The Boy Scouts - he's a member of Troop 531 in Franklin - also helped him develop a love of country and duty.

"I've been in Cub Scouts since first grade," the Franklin High School student said, "and I've been in Boy Scouts since sixth grade."

Josh is working on becoming an Eagle Scout, and, not surprisingly, his project has a military flare to it: He is going to build a fire pit and memorial wall on the Hales Corners-Franklin VFW Post property, 11310 W. Church St., Franklin.

"The fire pit is where we retire the flag, burn the flag," said Josh. "Flag retirement can be done by the military and Boy Scouts only. It has to be done with a ceremony."

His dad said the fire pit and veterans' memorial would be the first in Wisconsin, to the best of his knowledge, he said.

Josh said he selected the project because it's meaningful to him, and the fire pit and wall has already been approved by his troop. He's also received the city's permission to build.

"I would hope to have this done the first or second week in April," he said.

Supplies have been purchased, but people are needed to help build the $3,500 pit and wall, Josh said.

"Skilled workers are welcome," said Todd.

Also, donations of cash are needed, as Josh said scouts can't use their own money to finance an Eagle Scout project. "It's like buying your badge," he said.

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