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County offers way to properly dispose of worn flags

In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, McCreary County has installed a flag retirement box, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Counties, at no cost, at the McCreary County Courthouse lobby. Flags should be folded respectively before being placed in the box.
The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette – everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.
Members of the American Legion and VFW will be responsible for the proper disposal of the worn flags.
“This drop-off point provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” McCreary County Emergency Management Director Stephens McKinney said. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn flags.”
“This is an excellent program that county residents can benefit from, and we are excited to partner with the National Flag Foundation and NACo to make this available to the counties,” said Brian Roy, KACo Executive Director. “It’s an important initiative.”
Said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase, “We are pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes. Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement.”

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