BANGOR- After finding a number of American flags mixed in with the waste at the Fiberight Coastal Resources Facility in Hampden, the community came together to respectfully retire them.
“You don’t need to do a lot to retire a flag, just don’t put them on the street,” said Gavin Pierce, a member of Scout Troop 41. “Say the pledge of allegiance and burn them.”
Around 50 flags saved from the Fiberight Facility in Hampden received a proper retirement Wednesday.
“We have actual people handling the waste stream coming in,” said Shelby Wright, the director of community services at Fiberight. “First it started out as a novel, one of the staff members found a flag in the trash and they displayed it, but then they just kept coming.”
Scout Troop 41, town representatives, Fiberight employees, and other community members came together to demonstrate what it takes to retire a flag.
“I think it’s pretty obvious to us there’s a lot of people out there who don’t understand how to dispose of a flag,” said town councilor, Eric Jarvi.
According to the United States Flag Code, flags should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
“We have several drop boxes around town which people can drop flags off and we’ll retire them for them,” said U.S. Navy Commander Glenn Pierce. “We’re happy to help.”