PENDER COUNTY — To properly dispose of the American flag, two boxes are available in Pender County, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the National Association of Counties and local Boy Scout Hayden Burns of Troop 777.
The Pender County Veterans Affairs, National Association of Counties, and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners have approved the boxes to be installed at the Hampstead Annex (15060 US Hwy 17) and central administration office (805 W. Walker St., Burgaw).
The flag retirement boxes have been installed at no cost to the county. Flags can be dropped off Monday through Friday; closed national holidays.
“This centrally-located drop-off boxes provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” Sally Lawson, director of Pender County Veterans Affairs, said in a release. “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 has a code of flag etiquette, including flying it near other flags and proper ways to raise and lower it. All flags dropped in the box should be properly folder.
Once tattered and “no longer a fitting emblem of display,” the code indicates the flag should be destroyed by burning.
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