Twp. resident seeks proper flag disposal
Cranberry Eagle
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May 4, 2011

CRANBERRY TWP — A township resident helped start an effort to provide bins for old U.S. flags to be disposed of in accordance to the Flag Code of the U.S.

Denise Etter brought the idea up at one of the coffee and conversation meetings with township manager Jerry Andree, and the effort grew from there.

The first “Old Glory Flag Bin” will be in the Cranberry Municipal Center on Rochester Road. Flags will be collected and later disposed of by a service group, including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Boy Scouts of America.

The first bin was dedicated Thursday evening during the township supervisors meeting. Etter and supervisors’ chairman John Skorupan placed the first tattered flag in the collection bin.

The goal is to expand the collection program to other municipalities in and around Butler County and have them in 25 communities by 2012, Etter said.

The effort also could extend to businesses and schools.

Inspiration for the project, according to Etter, came from her husband, an Army veteran who follows the flag code at home and who, on many occasions, has requested others to do likewise.

Etter had learned that most people do not know about the code.

“People knew they had to dispose of the flag respectfully, but they’re not really sure how,” she said.

U.S. Code Title 4 Chapter 1, which concerns the flag, says: “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 by burning.”

People will be able to deposit their flags in the municipal center bin. Retired flags will be collected periodically and destroyed in a retirement ceremony.

To help promote this program, sponsors are being sought to buy the bins.

Anyone interested can learn more by writing to