Second Annual Collection Nets More Than Four Dozen American Flags

New City, NY (June 14, 2018) – As Americans mark Flag Day today, Rockland County Legislator Alden H. Wolfe is thanking those who participated in this year’s U.S. Flag collection efforts.

“One goal was to provide a convenient location for residents, county government workers and visitors to New City to drop off their old, worn and tattered flags,” Legislator Wolfe said. “Our flag is a symbol of our great democracy and every flag that was dropped off will be properly and respectfully retired.”

A large collection box in the Legislature’s lobby was filled with more than four dozen American flags of all sizes – from very large flags used on homes to the smallest of handheld flags waved at parades or used to decorate around the house.

Three large Gadsden flags – yellow flags bearing the motto “Don’t Tread On Me” and the image of a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike – were also dropped off. General Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina designed the flag during the American Revolution.

The U.S. Flag Code states the correct use and display rules for all occasions and situations. Section 8K states that the flag, “when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

All flags placed into the collection box were turned over to the Fromm-Maxwell-Debaun American Legion Post 859 in Suffern. The post annually receives about 800 worn U.S. flags, which are properly retired in time for Flag Day on June 14. This year, the flags were retired on June 10. The Gadsden flags were also retired by burning.

Legislator Wolfe also thanked Patrick Casper, Commander of Post 859, as well as all other post members, for their support for the collection effort and the retiring of the flags.

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