In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, Coweta County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at the Customer Service counter in the County Administration building, 22 East Broad Street, Newnan.

Flags should be folded respectfully and given to the customer service representative on duty for placement in the box.

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette – everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.

Members of appropriate local organizations will be responsible for the proper disposal of all worn flags received.

“This centrally located drop-off provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Tom Corker, Communications Manager for Coweta County. “The county is proud to team with NACo and ACCG in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn-out flags.”

NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said, “We are pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes. Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement.