Mercer County will hold an official flag decommissioning ceremony on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 6 p.m. in Veterans Park (Klockner Road entrance) in Hamilton Township. In case of rain, the ceremony will be Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m.
Each year, the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services partners with local veterans
from the American Legion Post 31 and the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee to
hold the time-honored decommissioning, also known as “flag retirement.”
American flags that have become tattered, soiled or are otherwise “no longer fit for
display” will be burned in a dignified manner in a pit in the ground during the ceremony
and the flames will eventually be doused by firefighters from the Nottingham Fire
Company of Hamilton. Veteran Services has collected thousands of flags eligible for
retirement for the past several months from American Legion Post 31, private homes, the
veterans section of Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, and government offices including
the Mercer County Clerk’s Office and Sheriff’s Office.
Organizations that wish to have an American flag properly disposed of should bring the
flag to any Mercer County office, including County Connection on Route 33, Hamilton;
the Mercer County Park Commission Offices or Ranger Headquarters; the Mercer
County Veterans Home on Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton; or the McDade Administration
Building at 640 South Broad St., Trenton.