Courthouse is site for flag collection

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Teresa Wood Hamilton County now has a American flag retirement box located inside the door of the courthouse. The disposal boxes were made available through a partnership of the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriff's Association, said Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa, pictured with the disposal box.

The Hamilton County Courthouse is now a retired American flag disposal site.

In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriff’s Association, Hamilton County has installed a flag retirement box in the first floor lobby of the courthouse.

After attending the National Association of Counties convention in November, Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa presented the idea of a disposal box before the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. The Board approved the proposal and the disposal box was delivered to the courthouse in December, said Schaa.

The United States Flag Code prescribes that when flags are no longer a fitting emblem of display, they should be destroyed in a dignified way. The code specifies burning as the preferable way to dispose of a flag.

Flags in disrepair may be dropped off during business hours at the courthouse between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The American Legion Post 191 will be responsible for the proper disposal of the worn flags.

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