May 27, 2005 - Our nation's flag flies
boldly from homes, offices, and automobiles. Many of these flags,
however, are beginning to show the ill effects of time, wind and weather.
As they are replaced, their owners are faced with the dilemma of what
to do with them.
residents and businesses are invited to bring their worn flags to
a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 11th. The 4th annual
event will be held in conjunction with the Flag Day program presented
by the Knoxville Elks Lodge # 160, located at 6000 Lonas Road. Activities
will begin at 1 p.m.
Flags may be dropped off by June 10 at City of Knoxville Recycling
Centers or Knox County Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Flags may
also be taken to Knox County Department of Engineering and Public
Works, 205 West Baxter Ave.; Keep Knoxville Beautiful, 100 S. Gay
St., Suite 103; or to either location of Allen Sign Co., 2408 Chapman
Highway and 7501 Kingston Pike.
Flags may be dropped off at the Elks Lodge on the day of the event
from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
Public Law 94-344, known as the Flag Code, prescribes that the
flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting
emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably
by burning. All flags collected will be placed on a ceremonial pyre,
and set ablaze in honor of the men and women proudly serving in
our nation's fire departments, and in memory of those who have sacrificed
their lives in the protection of our communities.
This year's ceremony is being sponsored by The City of Knoxville,
Knox County, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Allen Sign Company, Benevolent
Protective Order Elks. Lodge #160, and Company D, 4th Combat Engineer
Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve.