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Rep. Haines Sponsors Successful Flag Drive

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


Between Memorial Day and Flag Day, State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) sponsored a worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unserviceable American Flag collection which concluded with a formal retirement ceremony held the Saturday after Flag Day.

Collection boxes were placed at the East Hampton and East Haddam Town Halls for two weeks for residents to drop off their flags. The flag retirement ceremony was held at American Legion Post 156 in Moodus with assistance from the East Haddam Fire Department.

“With the start summer and patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July on the horizon, it was the perfect time to properly retire worn American flags,” said Rep. Haines. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s flag drive, especially American Legion Post 156 and the East Haddam Fire Department for their reverent and fitting retirement ceremony.”

According to United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Rep. Haines continues to host events across the 34th District, East Haddam, East Hampton and part of Colchester. Follow and for the latest updates and news from the Capitol.