July 31, 2017  |  08:51 am

Retirement boxes for tattered and torn American flags are in place at St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s facilities on both the east and west sides of the Parish.

When a flag is no longer fit for display due to wear and tear, it can be placed in one of two disposal boxes where it will be retired in a dignified manner. Organizations like the Boy Scouts of America understand the process and take pride in the proper handling of retiring the flag. Boy Scout troops in St. Tammany Parish will accept worn-out flags directly, but the disposal boxes allow for convenient drop-off.

Alan Smith, a St. Tammany Parish resident, spearheaded the flag retirement box effort with STPSO. “I see too many people throwing the flag in the trash or burning it without knowing how it should be handled. My objective is to insure that residents of the parish understand that there is a process and the Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Boy Scouts will take care of the proper protocol,” said Mr. Smith.

“The American flag symbolizes our freedom and everything our great nation stands for. It’s our honor to play a role in properly handling it,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.

The boxes were built by trusties at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

A box is located at the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex, 2070 Collins Blvd., Covington. Another box is located inside the Slidell Administrative Building at 300 Brownswitch Rd. Flags can be dropped off during regular office hours, 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Public Information Officer - Contact Information
Deputy Meredith Timberlake – 985-809-8207 or meredithtimberlake@stpso.com

Assistant Public Information Officer - Contact Information
Deputy Suzanne Carboni – 985-809-8227 or suzannecarboni@stpso.com