Did you know Flag Day is on June 14th? And that worn, tattered, faded and otherwise ratty looking flags shouldn't be displayed anymore? Well, we do and we will recycle them for you. Traditionally, flags are supposed to be well lit, in good condition and displayed in such a way that they don't touch the ground. With the great things and history the American Flag represents it's important that they are retired with the proper amount of ceremony and respect.
Several years ago, I became involved with a local Boy Scout troop, as my son was one of the Scouts. At the various camps and summer programs, there would often be a flag retirement ceremony. Thinking of how cool it was that these Scouts were being taught to respect the stars and stripes from a young age, how to handle the flags and really how to recognize what the flag means gave me an idea...what if we did something that collected flags from those in our community (because, really, who knows how to retire a flag? And who is going to set up the proper fire pit in their yard?) and passed them along to these Scouts?
And that's what our office does. From Flag Day to 4th of July every year, we collected those flags that aren't fit to be displayed any longer. Meagan then boxes the flags up and takes them to the Mount Baker Council offices in Everett. They are then shared with troops in the area who would like to retire flags and learn or teach the ceremony. Last year we collected close to 70 flags...and people have been known to drop by all year with their flags!
All of this to say, if you have a flag you can no longer display, bring it to our office by July 12th. We'll take it up to the Boy Scouts for the proper ceremony. And if you're one of the first 25 people to recycle a flag, we will give you a replacement flag for your pole.