Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Friday is Flag Day. Make Sure to Retire Your Old Flags at a VFW or American Legion Post, or in a County Flag Box

Flag Day was officially made a national observance on June 14, 1877, 100 years after the Second Continental Congress adopted the U.S. flag with 13 stripes and 13 stars. Betsy Ross received the order from General Washington to make the first flag less than a year before that.

Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach built four American flag disposal drop boxes for the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority as his Eagle Scout project. At left is Mike Nunn, Municipal Utilities Authority assistant operations manager, and at right is Freeholder Deb Smith.

Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach built four American flag disposal drop boxes for the Morris County MUA as his Eagle Scout project. At left is Mike Nunn, Municipal Utilities Authority assistant operations manager, and at right is Morris County Freeholder Deborah Smith.

So, today, on the 142nd anniversary of Flag Day, fly your flag proudly. But when it has done its duty, please make sure to retire it with dignity and respect.

This is best done by taking your old or tattered flag to one of Morris County’s many American Legion or VFW posts, where veterans and members will properly retire/dispose of it.

You also can drop off your flags in flag boxes built last year by Chatham Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach, a member of Scout Troop 121, who made the unique flag disposal boxes for his Eagle Scout project and gave them to the county. He received a county certificate from the Board of Freeholders last year for his efforts.

Two of the boxes are located at the county Municipal Utilities Authority’s transfer stations in Parsippany, at 1100 Edwards Road, and in Mount Olive at 168 Goldmine Road. A third is located in the county government Administration and Records Building lobby at 10 Court Street in Morristown. A  fourth is being added at the MUA’s facility at the Dover National Guard Armory at 476 Clinton Avenue in Dover.

For more information on flag disposal, check out the following sites:

VFW: https://www.vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette

American Legion: https://www.legion.org/flag/questions-answers/91117/how-are-unserviceable-flags-destroyed

Read about this history of the first American flag from the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.