Knox County mayor announces flag retirement program

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is recognizing Flag Day by creating a new system for those who need to properly dispose of old American Flags. This ensures that the flags are properly handled during the process.

“The red, white and blue flag of the United States of America is not only a symbol of pride for our nation’s citizens, but it is a beacon of freedom and opportunity for the rest of the world,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “Our soldiers go to battle under our flag, and those taken by war come home in caskets draped in the stars and stripes. It is only proper that we do everything we can to ensure the flag is retired properly.”

The flags collected will be given to organizations such as The Boy Scouts, Woodman of the World, The Order of the Elks and others who hold flag retirement ceremonies.

Drop off locations will be at several area senior centers. Anyone can drop off a flag during regular business hours.

Carter Senior Center – 9040 Asheville Highway

Corryton Senior Center – 9331 Davis Drive

Frank R. Strang Senior Center – 109 Lovell Heights Rd.

Halls Senior Center – 4405 Crippen Rd.

Karns Senior Center – 8042 Oak Ridge Highway

South Knox Senior Center – 6729 Martel Lane

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