VVA Chapter 1064 has installed its newest American flag disposal boxes in East Liverpool, Ohio.
The new collection box was moved from the local Elks Lodge to City Hall near a war memorial. The box was originally built and paid for by a welding class at the Columbiana County Career Center in Lisbon, Ohio in 2015. Chapter 1064 paid for the decorative wrap which includes the collection box’s purpose and the logo.
Chapter 1064 has a number of collection boxes in places such as a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Calcutta, Ohio, and another collection box that was a former library book return bin at Hocking Hall, the site of the former St. Aloysius School.
The chapter has commissioned students at The New Castle School of Trades to build a box for the St. Clair Township Police Department. There are plans to have another collection box installed at a Walmart in Calcutta.
Once American flags have begun to fade or show signs of wear, they can be cremated and disposed with dignity. In addition to Chapter 1064, a number of groups perform cremation ceremonies within the Lisbon community including the VFW, the American Legion and some Boy Scout troops.
Traditionally, the preferred day for cremating American flags is on Flag Day, June 14. During the cremation ceremonies, the flags are folded into a triangle and burned to ashes, which are later buried. Once the flags are burned to ashes, the grommets are preserved and presented to military personnel, police officers and firefighters as key chains in appreciation for their service.