HAMILTON, NJ --  Residents, civic groups, local Scout organizations,and others are invited to participate in a flag decommissioning ceremony on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at Hamilton Township's Veterans Park near the Klockner Road entrance. 

The Mercer County Office of Veteran Services annually partners with American Legion Post 31 and the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee to hold the time-honored decommissioning, also known as “flag retirement.”  

“The flag of the United States symbolizes the values we hold dear and seek to defend, such as liberty, equality, opportunity, democracy and inclusion,” Hughes said. “It deserves a special sendoff, and on July 18 we’ll demonstrate a proper way to retire an American flag.”

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Thousands of American flags that have become tattered, soiled, or are otherwise no longer fit for display will be burned in a dignified manner in a large pit during the ceremony and the flames will be doused by firefighters from the Nottingham Fire Company of Hamilton.

Individuals and organizations that wish to have an American flag properly disposed of should bring the flag to any Mercer County office, including County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton; Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence; McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad St., Trenton; and Mercer County Veterans Home, 2280 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m.

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