American Legion, Va. War Memorial to offer disposal of worn American flags

The Virginia War Memorial is again teaming up with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags.

From Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 15, any individual or group 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 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 Candi Shelton, Virginia War Memorial Education Director. “In the past two years, nearly 2,000 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 for ten days, including on Tuesday, Nov. 11 when the Memorial will host the 59th 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.

“The flag, when it is such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning," said American Legion Post 84 commander Dean Decker. "Since 1937, the American Legion has promoted the use of a public flag disposal ceremony as a fitting tribute and overt expression of patriotism and a way to enhance the public’s understanding of honor and respect due our American flag.”

For details about the Virginia War Memorial’s worn American flag collection program or the 59th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony, call (804) 786-2060 or visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org or http://www.facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.
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Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


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In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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