SCVTHS Students Decorate American Flag Retiring Box

Posted on November 14, 2016

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, in collaboration with county Veterans Services Director Peter Niemiec and the Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools, is proud to announce a new disposal box for retired U.S. flags.

Sheriff Provenzano and Mr. Niemiec arranged with the Vo-Tech Schools to give students a patriotic project and provide a life-learning lesson. The students used their creativity and painted a red, white and blue flag around the box.

“I am so proud of the students,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “They contributed to a project that adds honor to patriotic citizens who want to dispose of their damaged or tattered flags.

“Now they have a perfect way to properly dispose of these flags,” he said. “After the box is full, the flags will be brought to one of the veterans’ posts for proper disposal.” The U.S. flag code instructs that when a flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

“The students have done a wonderful job,” said Mr. Niemiec. “Our communities’ veterans will appreciate the flag disposal box, which was designed with the utmost flair.”

The box now is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about how to properly dispose of American flags, contact K-9 Sheriff’s Officer David Daneker at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9.

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Info