James R. Hickey American Legion Post 120 has a new drop box for retired American flags. The red, white and blue mailbox sits at 132 Cuyler St. in Palmyra.
Post 120 accepts used, old, torn and/or damaged American flags. The flags are destroyed with ceremony and dignity by American Legion members and local Boy Scout troops.
Palmyra Post Office donated the used mailbox. John Graham, of Custom 31 Graphics, applied lettering on the box. Geoff Krocke, of KRockEnterprises, donated the concrete slab and installed the drop box.
Flag retirement refers to the proper, dignified way of destroying U.S. flags that are no longer fit to serve the nation.
Sometimes, flags only need to be cleaned in order to restore its original appearance. Regular cleaning can extend the life of a flag. Flags can be machine-washed with mild detergent in cold water, and should be hung to dry or laid flat. Do not fold the flag if it is damp.
Mend a tattered flag at early signs of wear, if possible. The edge furthest from the staff — the fly end — usually is the first part of the flag to show wear due to weather conditions.
Owners are the ones to decide if their flags are ready to be retired. If the flag is unable to be repaired or is too tattered, then it should be retired.