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Thousands of American flags turned in for 'proper disposal'

Posted at 1:51 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 13:51:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A record 14,000 American flags were handed over to the Virginia War Memorial Wednesday for proper disposal as part of the Woody and Nelsen Funeral Home flag exchange program.

As part of the program, people could exchange an old or tattered flag for a new one.

“During these difficult times it is more important than ever to demonstrate our unity and determination to prevail during the COVID – 19 crisis," Lacyn Barton, President of Nelsen and Woody Funeral Homes, said. "The American Flag represents that American spirit. Each of these well-worn symbols of our great nation represents a home's pride in our country's heritage and its hope for our country's future. They were respectfully flown by families of all income levels, political ideologies, religious beliefs, racial backgrounds, and gender identifications: their commonality was, and continues to be, their love of the United States."

Last year 1,200 American flags were collected.