U.S. Flag Retirement Box Now Available

September 24, 2022 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 has partnered with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the citizens of the county have a way to properly dispose of their United States Flags. If you have an unserviceable flag, please bring it to the Sheriff’s Office at 100 Hurst Street in Center and place it in the “Retirement Box” that is located straight ahead as you enter the door. VFW members will then pick up the flags on a weekly basis for burning.

1. FYI: If your flag is simply dirty and still in good condition, it is permissible to hand-wash them with warm water and a mild detergent. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water as some color “run off” onto the white stripes might be experienced.

2. It is also permissible to re-hem torn or frayed ends.

3. If your flag is no longer serviceable and you do not have a ready replacement, it is better to remove it until a new one can be obtained. A flag pole with no flag is much better than one with a flag torn and tattered.

4. Only flags made specifically for exterior use such as nylon should be displayed outdoors.

Larry E. Hume
VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster