Margate police collecting U.S. flags for proper disposal

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.

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