Flag disposal box installed at county services building.

July 7, 2021

Flag disposal box installed at county services building.

HART – In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, Oceana County has installed a flag retirement box at the Oceana County Services Building located at 844 S. Griswold St.  

Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. 

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.  

Members of the Oceana County Department of Veterans’ Affairs (OCDVA) will be responsible for the proper disposal of the worn flags.

“This centrally-located drop-off provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Derik VanBaale, OCDVA committee chairperson. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”

“We are pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes,” said National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase. “Helping residents properly dispose of worn US flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement.”

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