If Old Glory has gotten really old, retire that flag at upcoming American Legion event

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 6:11 AM EDT
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - If you have an old American flag and need to dispose of it, American Legion Post 68 in Leland can help.

“American Legion is one of the few organizations that’s designated by congress to dispose of American flags,” said Richard Fry, the Public Information Officer for American Legion Post 68 in Leland.

The U.S. Flag Code says you’re supposed to respectfully dispose of flags, typically by burning.

On June 15 at the Brunswick Forest Community Commons, Post 68 is holding a fundraiser and flag collection day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents who have worn or torn flags can drop them off in flag retirement receptacles at 2501 Brunswick Forest Parkway.

“Most people probably don’t know how to properly dispose of their worn and torn American flags," said Fry.

“We’ll dispose them properly for you and respectfully and we’ll be sure to include the date of retirement,” said Dan Fortini, the membership officer for American Legion Post 68 in Leland.

In addition to the flag collection, Post 68 members will serve hot dogs and soft drinks from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Brodee Dogs of Leland will provide the food and donations are appreciated. Everyone is welcome to come out.

With the money raised through the flag collection event, the American Legion helps veterans in need in the community.

“We talk to veterans and see what their needs are,” said Fortini. “We arrange transportation where needed. We provide services when they’re in need. We have a couple of other events through the year that help support the needs of the local veterans.”

Last year, the American Legion collected and retired more than 150 unserviceable American flags.

The American Legion plans to host a retirement ceremony for the flags at the end of summer. Those details have not yet been released.

For more information, call 413-834-4106.

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