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Tioga County collecting worn out American flags for proper disposal

OWEGO (WBNG) — People can drop off their old, tattered and torn American flags in a collection box located at the Tioga County Office Building near the DMV entrance.

Tioga County officials say all of the collected flags annually will have a proper and dignified disposal.

“A retirement ceremony is performed by an American Legion or by an Eagle Scout group so that they actually burn the flags in respect so that way you don’t throw the flags away, you treat them with respect,” said the chair of the Tioga County Legislature, Martha Sauerbrey.

Tioga is one of many counties partnering with the National Flag Foundation. This is a part of a new national campaign to support flag etiquette and ensure each US flag is properly retired with dignity.

Tyler Brown

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