US flag drop box restoration complete
Tue, 11/10/2020 - 9:55am caleb
American Legion Post #106 is home to a renewed drop box for retired flags
Kinzie Nena | Staff Writer
The American Legion Post #106 in Grayling is now home to a restored vintage mail box with the purpose of collecting American flags deemed ready to be retired. The American Legion has, for years, taken the duty and care of retiring worn American flags in the proper and honorable way.
“The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937,” according to Legion.org.
According to the policies laid out by the American Legion, flags are to be given to the American Legion for inspection and if found unservicable, the proper and honorable way of disposing of the flags will be carried out by the American Legion during a special ceremony that respects and pays tribute to the American Flag and all that it represents.
“A Flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great; but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for, and died for a free Nation of free men, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practice of Justice, Freedom and Democracy,” from the American Legion’s Ceremony for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags.
Pamela Jermone, First Vice President of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary partnered with Jim Decker, the Fixed Operations Director of Matt LaFontaine Automotive to restore the Unserviceable U.S. Flag Collection Box that is located outside the front of the American Legion Post at 106 James Street.
The collection box had fallen into a poor state and was in serious need of restoration and repair. With the help of Decker and LaFontaine employees, the retired mail box was repaired, restored, and given a new extended life, according to Jerome.
While the purpose of the Unserviceable U.S. Flag Collection Box at the American Legion remains the same, the renewed collection box serves as a dignified and attractive place for the community to retire their worn flags to be taken and appropriately handled in accordance with the United States Flag Code.
There is no restriction or requirement for size or shape of American Flag that can be turned in to the collection box for proper retirement. The American Legion Post #106 conducts Disposal of Unserviceable Flag Ceremonies on June 14, Flag Day, to give a solemn and dignified retirement to unserviceable U.S. flags.