Flag Retirement Ceremony June 11

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Flag Retirement Ceremony June 11

Posted: 05/27/2005
Our nation's flag flies boldly from homes, offices, and automobiles. Many of these flags, however, are beginning to show the ill effects of time, wind and weather.

As they are replaced, their owners are faced with the dilemma of what to do with them.

Knoxville residents and businesses are invited to bring their worn flags to a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 11th. The 4th annual event will be held in conjunction with the Flag Day program presented by the Knoxville Elks Lodge # 160, located at 6000 Lonas Road. Activities will begin at 1 p.m.

Flags may be dropped off by June 10 at City of Knoxville Recycling Centers or Knox County Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Flags may also be taken to Knox County Department of Engineering and Public Works, 205 West Baxter Ave.; Keep Knoxville Beautiful, 100 S. Gay St., Suite 103; or to either location of Allen Sign Co., 2408 Chapman Highway and 7501 Kingston Pike.

Flags may be dropped off at the Elks Lodge on the day of the event from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Public Law 94-344, known as the Flag Code, prescribes that the flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. All flags collected will be placed on a ceremonial pyre, and set ablaze in honor of the men and women proudly serving in our nation's fire departments, and in memory of those who have sacrificed their lives in the protection of our communities.

This year's ceremony is being sponsored by The City of Knoxville, Knox County, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Allen Sign Company, Benevolent Protective Order Elks. Lodge #160, and Company D, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve.