BURGAW – Pender County Veterans Affairs has launched an ongoing program to respectfully collect retired American flags.
“We have collection boxes at both the Central Administration office and the Hampstead Annex,” said Sally Lawson, director of Pender County Veterans Affairs.
Lawson said the collaboration of the National Association of Counties and local Boy Scout Hayden Burns of Troop 777 made the two collection boxes possible.
In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Pender County Veterans Affairs has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at Pender County’s administration office, 805 W. Walker St. in Burgaw.
The collection box at the Hampstead Annex was an Eagle Scout Project by Hayden Burns of Troop 777. The Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17, is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of national holidays. The collection box is located near the main entrance to the auditorium.
“This centrally-located drop-off boses provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Lawson. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”
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 in 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.
Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.
For more information about the flag retirement collection boxes, call 910-259-1203.