October 5, 2011

JES Collects Worn, Tattered American Flags in Honor of Flag Day

Collected Flags Will Be Properly Retired During Special Ceremonies

What: JES, a leading foundation repair and waterproofing company, is accepting at their three offices in Virginia worn, tattered and faded flags for proper retirement in honor of Flag Day on June 14th.

Collected flags will be properly retired by local Boy Scout troops during special flag retirement ceremonies. During the ceremonies, a Color Guard brings the troops to attention and recites the patriotic poem “Hello, Remember Me?” Then the troops salute each flag as it is retired in an active, yet controlled campfire.

 Why: According to Chapter 10, Section 176 of the United States Code: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably burning.” Veteran organizations, the Girls Scouts and the Boy Scouts all have their own ceremonial renditions for retiring the American flag. However, according to Bob Walter, Scoutmaster for Troop 481 in Virginia Beach, the most important and common aspect of all these ceremonies is “respect” for the flags being retired. Walter also states, “It is important to explain to younger children that a flag being burned by a demonstrator is different than one being retired with honor and dignity.”

When: American flags will be collected from May 9 through June 30, 2011 in honor of Flag Day on June 14th

Where: American Flag Collection Sites:
JES 569 Central Drive, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23454
JES 2410 Southland Drive Chester, VA 23831
JES 11108 Industrial Road Manassas, Virginia 20109
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

Contact: Eric Lackey or Michelle McLees of JES, phone: 877-537-9675

Photo caption: JES employees proudly display American flags from last year’s collection. These worn and tattered flags were given a proper farewell during a ceremony performed by Virginia Beach-based Boy Scout Troop 481.

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