As Flag Day approaches on Friday, June 14, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that special containers are available at her offices in Elizabeth and Westfield for the collection of torn or tattered American flags for their proper, respectful retirement.
“According to the U.S. Flag Code, when a flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “My office assists Union County residents by collecting unserviceable flags and making sure that they are destroyed in a dignified way by a veterans group.”
Special barrels for flag collection are available at the County Clerk’s main office in the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 115, in Elizabeth; and at the County Clerk’s Annex, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield.
The Elizabeth office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Westfield office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about the Union County Clerk’s flag retirement collection program, please call (908) 527-4787.
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