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HCSO Provides New Option for Proper Disposal of Worn U.S. Flags

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In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, in the lobby of its main office located at 18900 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville. Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box. The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code. Members of the Boy Scouts will be responsible for the proper disposal of the worn flags. “Although an American Flag is nothing more than cloth, it represents everything America stands for, including our indivisibility and our freedom to pursue happiness,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis said. “It also represents the sacrifices, large and small, made by millions of Americans who built and protected our great country for well over 200 years. Proper disposal, via this convenient drop box, it the least we can do to honor those sacrifices.” “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 NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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