The police are asking you to treat Old Glory with some dignity.
The Margate police are accepting torn and frayed U.S. flags for proper disposal, which means a burning ceremony by the Boy Scouts and the American Legion Post twice a year near Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
The "American Flag Retirement Program" is the brainchild of Chief Jerry Blough, who inherited a beat-up and discolored flag when he bought a boat in November. "I wouldn't throw it in the garbage, that's inappropriate," he said. Then he realized he couldn't find a place to dispose of it where the flag would be treated with respect.
Flags are now being accepted from 8 am. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the police department information window, 5790 Margate Blvd.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times