American Legion, Va. War Memorial collecting worn American flags


The Virginia War Memorial is again partnering with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags. This is the fourth year that the Memorial and Legion have offered this program to the public.

Now through Saturday, Dec. 3, any individual, organization, group or business with an American flag or flags in poor condition can bring them to the Virginia War Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. The flags will be collected and properly retired as part of a formal ceremony conducted by members of American Legion Post 84 in Henrico County.

“We began offering this public service program in November 2013 and have been extremely pleased with the public response,” said Jim Triesler, Virginia War Memorial education director. “In the past three years, over 2,500 old and worn American flags have been collected. Many of those who brought flags told us they were grateful to have the opportunity to have their old flags disposed of in a proper and dignified manner.”

Collection bins will be located in the Edward A. McMurtrie Grand Lobby of the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center, including Friday, Nov. 11 when the Memorial and American Legion will co-host the 60th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony. The Galanti Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For details about the collection program or the 60th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony, call (804) 786-2060 or visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org or http://facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.
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