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Dutchess County American Flag Disposal Bin

Published: 5/1/2019

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Carolyn Morris, Clerk of the Legislature



The Dutchess County Legislature announced today it is accepting worn U.S. Flags in a drop-box located on the sixth floor of the County Office Building to be later disposed of by the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services.


When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn, or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag. According to U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way.” The Dutchess County Legislature is proud to announce this partnership with Veterans Services, providing the public with a U.S. flag disposal receptacle.


Gregg Pulver, Chair of the Legislature, stated, “in honoring and saluting our flag we demonstrate affection to our nation and fellow citizens and we have a duty to ensure a respectful and proper retirement of flags.”


Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “More than simply 13 red and white stripes amid 50 stars in a field of blue, the American flag is the symbol of this great nation and the brave men and women who have defended it. As such, it should be retired and disposed of with reverence. We thank our colleagues in Dutchess County Legislature for taking on the sacred responsibility of ensuring the emblem of our great nation receives the respect it deserves.”


The U.S. flag receptacle is accessible Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Dutchess County Legislature office, located on the sixth floor of the County Office Building, 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie.


Division of Veterans’ Services Director Marc Coviello said, “For generations, the American flag has stood for the freedom, liberty, and American way of life our veterans have fought to protect. Our flag has led servicemembers into battle, symbolizing hope for the oppressed, and light in unspeakable darkness. Respect for the flag should be shown at all times – even until its retirement – and we are proud to collaborate with the Dutchess County Legislature to assure it receives its proper dignity.”