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Clarkstown Town Clerk’s Office Collecting Worn Flags For Retirement On Flag Day

Town of Clarkstown

Office of the Town Clerk

Justin Sweet – Town Clerk

*Press Release*


June 10, 2011


Clarkstown Town Clerk’s Office Collecting Worn Flags For Retirement On Flag Day


In recognition of June 14th, National Flag Day, Town Clerk Justin Sweet announces that the Clarkstown Town Clerk’s Office continues to collect old, worn flags year-round.  Flags submitted to this office by June 14th will be presented to the William E. De Bevoise Jr. American Legion Post 1682 on Tuesday June 14th for proper retirement.  The flags will be retired at a ceremony held at the Post in New City on Flag Day.

Anyone who has a worn flag and wishes to insure its proper disposal should deliver the flag to the Clarkstown Town Clerk’s Office, 10 Maple Avenue, New City.  Town Clerk Justin Sweet stated “Our flag is the most recognizable symbol of this great nation and deserving of an appropriate level of respect.  I encourage anyone who has a worn flag that they wish to dispose of to drop it off at my office so that it may be retired in an appropriate manner.”

The origin of Flag Day in the United States started with a young schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand in 1885. After many years of effort on the part of Mr. Cigrand to bring about a national day of recognition for our flag, President Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 announcing a national observance of Flag Day on June 14th. The day was finally memorialized as National Flag Day by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Truman in 1949.


Town of Clarkstown 10 Maple Avenue, New City, NY 10956 (845) 639-2000
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