2017-04-20 / Front Page

Resident purchases flag disposal box for township

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON TWP. — With warm weather upon us, some residents are finding their American flags torn and tattered if they were left outside all winter weather.

This leaves many with the difficult choice of how to properly dispose of their old American flags, which require certain ceremony before they are retired.

Travis Howell of Davison Township, and his family, are purchasing a flag disposal box which will be placed in the lobby of the Davison Township Municipal Center, 1280 N. Irish Rd., for anyone to use for flag retirement.

Howell said it was the retirement of his family’s flag that prompted his measure of goodwill for the community.

“My family replaced our U.S. Flag at the start of spring this year. I was talking with my two kids on why I was replacing it and what the proper way to retire a flag is,” he said. “They asked ‘where would I take it to be retired?’ That night I was mentioning it to my wife, Deanna, and it came up that Davison Township needed a place to collect them.”

From there we thought it would be a great resource for the Township and decided to purchase one to donate said Howell.

Howell said it will be a cardboard, 18-inch-by-18-inch box which will hold several retired flags. He said he will check on the box routinely to make sure it is not overflowing with old flags and to see them properly disposed of.

Treasurer Pat Miller said he would check with local veteran and service groups to find out who locally disposes of the flags

When the US Flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be retired in a dignified way, preferably by burning, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Groups that can officially retire flags are military, Veterans Organization, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts said Howell. The plan is to once flags are collected to work with these local groups to retire them.

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