Give Old American Flags to the Scouts for a Proper Retirement

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Boy Scout Troop 29 will hold their Fifth Annual Flag Collection & Retirement at First Fridays in July.

Boy Scout Troop 29 will hold their Fifth Annual Flag Collection & Retirement at First Fridays in July.

If you are like many veterans and patriots who wave a flag from your front porch, you likely have a few flags that you’ve replaced throughout the year that you have kept, wondering how to retire them properly. On Friday, July 3, during Bixby Knolls First Friday festivities, local Stratis Financial mortgage broker, Dennis C. Smith, is once again organizing an event that provides a safe place for you to retire your beloved old flags. 

Donate your old flag(s) in the parking lot at Nino’s Italian restaurant on Atlantic at Roosevelt (3853 Atlantic Ave.) between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. At 7:30, Boy Scout Troop 29 will demonstrate the proper disposal of a natural fiber flag in flame.

“This is our fifth year and it has really become a great tradition for the July First Fridays event,” said Smith, a Bixby Knolls resident. “We see people who drop by every year with a few flags. And, of course, we have seen the Boy Scouts of Troop 29 grow-up over the years. In fact, a few of them have become Eagle Scouts.”

Other retired flags will be donated to the Boy Scouts to use in similar ceremonies. Nylon or other synthetic flags are buried according to flag retirement protocol.

All those who stop by can enter a free drawing hosted by Smith for two flags—one for an adult, and one for a child. The drawing will be held immediately following the flag retirement ceremony. You can bring your old flag starting at 6:30 p.m.

Smith is a mortgage broker with Stratis Financial Corporation. For more information visit http://www.DennisCSmith.com or https://www.facebook.com/LBflagcollectionretirement.

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