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Douglas County residents and employees can now properly dispose of their U.S. flags at the Douglas County Commissioners’ office located in the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam St., Suite LC2.

Through a partnership between the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation, and the National Sheriff’s Association, Douglas County now has its first flag disposal box. Douglas County Commissioner and NACo 2nd Vice President Mary Ann Borgeson plans to add more boxes in various Douglas County offices throughout the year to make the program convenient for residents.

Mary Ann Borgeson with flag box

“I am excited to bring this program to Douglas County,” Borgeson said. “The program will assist our residents in properly and respectfully disposing of their flags, especially after a bitterly cold and snowy winter.”

Proper disposal of the American flag is a sign of respect as the U.S. flag honors our country’s history and the people who fight to protect our freedom. When a flag is worn, tattered, ripped or soiled beyond repair, it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country and should be retired and disposed of properly.

Douglas County received its first flag disposal box at no cost thanks to its membership with NACo. Once the box is full, local Boy Scouts will retire the flags properly.

Additional locations of flag disposal boxes will be determined and announced at a later date.