Veterans Create Flag Disposal 'Mailboxes'

From left are Sam Hall, Hunterdon Freeholder DirectorJohn Lanza, Kevin Cahalan and Freeholder Deputy DirectorJohn King. Credits: courtesy photo

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Mailboxes that have been converted into collection boxes for old flags are now at two Hunterdon locations.

Kevin Cahalan and Sam Hall, who are members of the Marine Corps League Hunterdon Bulldogs Detachment 927, created the boxes.

“By turning old mailboxes into collection drop-boxes, Hunterdon County residents now have a respectful way to retire their worn flags,” said Kevin Cahalan, who is a Hunterdon Bulldogs officer, U.S Marine and Vietnam veteran.

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Worn flags deposited in the boxes will be collected and properly disposed at a flag burning ceremony developed by the American Legion and authorized by the National Flag Conference in 1923 and by law enacted by Congress in 1942.

Traditionally, the ceremony takes place on June 14, Flag Day.

“The U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony represents dignity and proper respect for the flag and it is fitting that Hunterdon County, a Purple Heart Community, embraces and supports the respectful disposal of unserviceable flags,” said Freeholder Director John E. Lanza in a press release.

Cahalan  said that the flag “represents the pride of our nation, those who have served, freedom, and our heroic battle to be an independent nation. Respectfully retiring those U.S. Flags that are worn, frayed or tattered with splendor and reverence expresses our pride in the historic U.S. flag.”

The flag deposit boxes will be at the headquarters branch of the Hunterdon Library on Route 12 in Raritan Township and at the North County branch on Halstead Street in Clinton.

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