Monument offers free flag disposal

"Retire The Colors" deals with old, unusable flags

CLEVELAND - Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day. Beginning on that day, staff at the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument  will offer free flag disposal for anyone dropping off old, faded, unusable flags. This is the first year of the "Retire The Colors" program.

Flag collection will take place at the monument through Labor Day, Sept. 1. It is located at 3 Public Square in downtown Cleveland and is open daily with summer hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.  Admission is free.

"We felt that this was a valuable service we could offer to Cuyahoga County residents and the Northeast Ohio Community," said Richard T. Prasse, President of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Commission. There is no charge to have your flag properly disposed of.

"Proper disposal of a flag can be confusing. We know that people have old, unusable flags lying around the house that they would like to retire properly, but may not know where to turn," said Prasse. "We will store the flags respectfully through Labor Day, at which time they will be retired honorably."

Monument Executive Director Tim Daley said getting people to linger awhile after dropping off their flag is another goal of "Retire The Colors".

"We're hoping," said Daley, "that they will spend time to take a look at the actual monument."

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by the U.S. Congress. Flag Day, however, is not an official federal holiday. The week of June 14 is designated as "National Flag Week" and people are encouraged to fly the U.S. flag during the period.

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