From: For Immediate Release:
Will Johnson July 12, 2022
AMERICAN FLAG DECOMMISSIONING DROP BOX
El Dorado, KS — In partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) Butler County has installed an American Flag Decommissioning Box, at no cost to the County, on the first floor of the Historic Courthouse in El Dorado. Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box. The box will be accessible for flag retirement drop offs when the Historic Courthouse is open to the public for business.
The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette; everything from flying the United States flag near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower the flag. The code indicates “The flag, when it is in such condition it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Butler County Administrator William Johnson Jr. stated “This easily accessible drop box provides convenience while respecting our nation’s symbol. Butler County is glad to assist in enabling its citizens to respect our great nation while properly disposing of old or worn-out flags.”
NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said “We are pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes. Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement.”
Members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 222, Troop 1222, and Pack 222, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of El Dorado and consisting of boys and girls aged seven through eighteen, will oversee the collection and appropriate retirement of the flags turned into the Decommissioning Box. Established in 1932, the local Boy Scouts of America program has served thousands of youth in the El Dorado area with a focus on building leadership skills, preparing for emergency response, community service, citizenship, and learning outdoor skills.
These Scouts and Scouters stand ready to honor our Nation’s values by providing proper retirement of American Flags.
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