Is your flag looking shabby? Dispose Old Glory properly, at Town Hall

29 Jun

Recently, when I was hanging out my American flag for Flag Day, I noticed that it wasn’t looking too great. It wasn’t tattered or torn, but it was stained and very faded, the result of years of use in bright sunshine. I knew it had to go.

I also knew that, once I had replaced it, the old Old Glory needed to be disposed of properly, and certainly NOT thrown in the garbage. I knew of one flag collection box in Irondequoit, but was very pleased to find out recently that Webster has one as well.

It’s located in the main reception area of Town Hall on Ridge Rd., and is accessible during normal office hours. It’s basically a recycled mailbox where community members can deposit their old, worn-out flags.

The box was placed at Town Hall in the summer of 2019, thanks to the efforts of former supervisor Ron Nesbitt and his staff. It was donated by the Webster Post Office and painted by Vital Signs, who transformed it from what was an average blue mailbox to the bright, patriotic box it is now.

Whenever the bin is full, a Town Hall staff member empties it and takes all of the flags to Webster American Legion Cottreall-Warner Post 942, where they are properly disposed of.

This is a great resource to know about, especially at this time of year when we tend to fly our flags more often. It’s such an easy way to make sure our old American flags are shown the respect and dignity they deserve.

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(posted 6/29/2022)


4 Responses to “Is your flag looking shabby? Dispose Old Glory properly, at Town Hall”

  1. Nancy Lanson June 29, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

    So glad to see this posted here to let us know the correct way and place to donate our used Flags!

  2. Kathy Taddeo June 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm #

    Thank you Missy. As often as I have been to my a town Hall, I never noticed this! What a great service and great solution!

  3. Kathy Hertzel June 30, 2022 at 7:24 am #

    The American Legion Hall on Ridge Rd. also has a flag disposal box for used flags. It is located at the rear of the building and accessible 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

  4. Robert Steinorth July 1, 2022 at 9:37 am #

    Just for your info. the American Legion on Ridge by Five Mile Line also has a mailbox for used flags outside by the back door that can be used 24/7. You don’t have to be a member to use it. People could use this when Town Hall is not open.
    Sent from my iPad

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