In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, Kane County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.
The flag-disposal box is located in the hallway just outside the office of the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission, on the ground floor of Building A at the Government Center.
The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it.
“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” the code says.
The county will be working in partnership with the Batavia VFW, whose members will assure the proper disposal of the worn flags through retiring them with proper ceremony.
“Our hope is that this centrally-located drop-off location provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board chairman. “The county values all that our flag represents. We are united in helping citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”
NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said he’s pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes.
“Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement,” he said.
About The Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
The Veterans Assistance Commission exists to help veterans access the benefits they earned for serving our great nation. Whether you are looking to apply for health care, dental insurance, disability compensation, home loan, GI Bill, or state benefits — this office can help!
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The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.
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