As Flag Day approaches on Saturday, June 14, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that torn or tattered American flags may be dropped off at her offices in Elizabeth and Westfield for their proper, respectful retirement.
“We honor the symbol of our country on Flag Day; certainly we also want to honor the proper disposal of retired flags,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “According to the U.S. Flag Code, when a flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. My office assists Union County residents by collecting unserviceable flags and making sure that they are destroyed in a correct manner by a local veterans group.”
Flags for retirement may be left with staff at the County Clerk’s main office in the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 115, in Elizabeth; and at the County Clerk’s Annex in the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield.
The Elizabeth office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Westfield office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about the Union County Clerk’s flag retirement collection program, please call 908-527-4787.