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Published: 6/18/2019

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Carolyn Morris, Clerk of the Legislature



In recognition of Flag Day, the Dutchess County Legislature is proud to announce its partnership with the County Executive to offer United States Flags at cost to local municipalities. Flags will be purchased in bulk through the NYS Preferred Source Program made by people who are blind (NYSPSP).  A variety of indoor and outdoor flags sized 3’ X 5’ to 5’ X 8’ as well as small cemetery flags will be available to municipalities for purchase.   Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

The Dutchess County Legislature has also made it easier to properly dispose of an American flag when it becomes worn, faded, torn, or soiled in accordance with the U.S. Flag code. 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 Legislature offers a drop-box receptacle located on the sixth floor of the County Office Building where worn flags can be turned in and then be properly disposed of by the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services.

Gregg Pulver, Chair of the Legislature, stated, “Our flag is an iconic piece of Americana. It flies as a symbol of hope, inspiration and pride through our darkest and brightest days. I am glad the Legislature is now full circle with the procurement and proper disposal of flags.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “The American flag represents 243 years of freedom, as well as the sacrifices of countless men and women who fought to preserve that liberty. As such, it should be displayed with the care and dignity it deserves. I commend the Dutchess County Legislature for its participation in this partnership to ensure the flag can fly proudly in every town, village and city throughout Dutchess County.”

The American flag stands for freedom, liberty, and the American way of life and the Legislature is proud to offer this program to local municipalities.