MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – In observance of National Flag Day, two decommissioned newspaper boxes from the Press-Register have been renovated into receptacles for U.S. flags that need to be retired. On Thursday morning, a ceremony was held at Mobile Police Headquarters to commission them for their new purpose.
“We felt that it was important to acknowledge Flag Day by showing the respect to our flag and having a safe place to dispose of them when they’re torn and tattered,” said Curtis Graves, Program Administrator for Fatherhood Initiative.
The community project was led by the Fatherhood Initiative with partnership from the Mobile County Health Department and the Mobile Police Department.
One box is located at Mobile Police Headquarters at 2460 Government Street. Another box will be located in the lobby of Mobile County Health Department’s Keeler Memorial Building at 251 North Bayou Street.
“Those flags represent our patriotism. They represent our pride in our country. But most of all they represent our God-given rights and those that fought and some that died for those rights. So, those flags should always be treated with dignity and respect,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Pete Riehm of South Alabama Veterans Council.
Once the boxes are full, the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Mobile will be contacted. A troop will be assigned to collect the flags and then conduct a proper flag retirement ceremony.