Berks residents offered new option for disposing US flags

'Making it easy... is the right thing to do'

READING, Pa. - Berks County residents who fly the United States flag now have a proper way to dispose of Old Glory when the time comes.

A flag retirement box has been installed in the main floor lobby of the Berks County Services Center in downtown Reading, thanks to the county's partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Flag Foundation, and the National Sheriffs Association.

"Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement," said Matthew Chase, NACo's executive director.

The Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs will be responsible for properly disposing the flags, a process that's prescribed by the United States Flag Code.

"Making it easy for citizens to properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is the right thing to do," said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, who added that the box comes at no cost to the county.

The county's commissioners, Sheriff Eric Weaknecht, and the veterans affairs department will formally dedicate the flag disposal box on Thursday morning.

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