Rockland County legislators Alden H. Wolfe and Aney Paul have joined John Leighton, past commandant and current adjutant of Rockland Detachment 243 of the Marine Corps League, and Patrick Casper, past commander of Fromm-Maxwell-Debaun American Legion Post 859 in Suffern and current commander of the Rockland County American Legion in a drive to collect worn American flags.
According to Mr. Wolfe, “Our flag is a symbol of America’s democracy, and when the flag becomes worn, it should be properly retired. Our collection effort has proven very popular as our residents and businesses seek a convenient drop-off site along with the assurance that the U.S. flags will be properly retired.”
The collection effort provides visitors to county government offices, as well as county workers and anyone else who wants to stop by, with a convenient place to drop off their worn U.S. flags.
All flags placed into the collection box will be hand-delivered to the Fromm-Maxwell-Debaun American Legion Post. The post annually receives about 800 worn U.S. flags, which are properly retired in time for Flag Day.
The U.S. Flag Section 8K says that the flag, “when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
The legion’s offices are at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City. Call (845) 638-5100 for more information.