Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford
with the newly installed flag retired box.
Wednesday, October 19, 2021 - The National Associations of Counties (NACo) and the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO) have partnered with Sequoyah County to provide a flag retirement box for old, faded and worn out American Flags.
Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Manager, explained U.S. flags should always be retired in a proper manner. There seems to be a lack of awareness surrounding this subject, especially when it comes to our youth.
“I see this as a great opportunity to educate our residents on the importance of the American flag and what it symbolizes,” Rutherford added.
According to the U.S. Flag Code, “When a flag is so tattered that it can no longer serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning."
Rutherford said that members of the Sallisaw VFW Post# 4518, along with local Boy Scout troops, have agreed to assist the county with this project. The two entities will join forces and conduct flag retirement ceremonies, as needed, to respectfully dispose of all flags received.
The flag retirement box is conveniently located inside the lobby of the Sequoyah County Courthouse. An additional flag retirement box is located inside Muldrow’s VFW Post #8384 located on Wilson Rock Road.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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