Flag disposal box set up in Bradford County courthouse

PHOTO PROVIDED Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin, left, and county Sheriff C.J. Walters show off the new flag disposal box that is available for the public to use. The box, in the county courthouse, 301 Main St., may be accessed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TOWANDA — Bradford County has placed a flag retirement box at the county courthouse, 301 Main St. The distinctive red, white and blue box is on the second level of the rotunda, just inside the main door security station.

Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box, which is available during regular courthouse hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The box’s placement, at no cost to the county, was made possible by a partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriffs Association.

Members of the Beirne Webster VFW Post 1543, on Bridge Street Hill, will be responsible for the final disposal of the worn flags, according to Bradford County Sheriff C.J. Walters.

“This centrally located drop-off provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said County Commissioner Ed Bustin. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”

The commissioners and sheriff worked together to arrange for the placement of the flag disposal box.

“We are pleased to provide these flag retirement boxes. Helping residents properly dispose of worn U.S. flags is consistent with our commitment to public service and community engagement,” said Matthew Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties.