New York Collection Underway for Worn American Flags

If you keep an American flag flying outside of your house, weather and other conditions can cause that flag to become worn. The flag being the symbol of our country, you can’t just throw it out, so the state is collecting worn-out flags for retirement this month.

The New York State Office of General Services is collecting worn and tattered American flags for retirement, according to News10. The collected flags will be disposed of properly as part of the Memorial Watchfire hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 103 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on May 27th.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “American flags should be retired with respect and honor and this collection program provides New Yorkers with a simple way to accomplish this…the Watchfire offers a valuable community service and brings people together to observe the Memorial Day holiday.”

All flags will be properly folded prior to disposal and these locations will be accepting donations from May 8th through May 23rd.

  • Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany
  • New York State Capitol, Washington Avenue, Albany
  • Empire State Plaza Main Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Agency Buildings 1,2,3,4 – Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Swan Street Building, Core 2 and Core 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Harriman Campus Buildings 5, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 12 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany
  • Ten Eyck Building, 40 North Pearl St., Albany
  • 50 Wolf Road, Albany
  • 625 Broadway, Albany
  • Hampton Plaza, 38-40 State St., Albany
  • 44 Holland Ave., Albany


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