Town now has disposal site for old flags

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The town now has a mailbox where residents may drop off their old American flags. Shown, from, left, are (back row) First Selectman Michael Tetreau; Tom Quinn, commander of American Legion Post 143; Debbie Plungys, chairman of the Preservation Committee for the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter; (front row) Susan Szudora, secretary of the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter; and Cathy Tymniak, regent of the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau joined the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and members of American Legion Post 143 inside the lobby of Old Town Hall on Jan. 27, to unveil a mailbox ready to receive tattered and torn American flags for appropriate disposal.

This is a joint project of the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter, (NSDAR), American Legion Post 143 and the town of Fairfield.

In attendance were Tetreau; Tom Quinn, commander of American Legion  Post 143; Debbie Plungys, chairman of the Preservation Committee for the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter, NSDAR; Susan Szudora, secretary of the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, NSDAR; and Cathy Tymniak, regent of the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, NSDAR.

The mailbox, which has been placed in the lobby of Old Town Hall, is easily identified with the anniversary logo on the side. Flags may be deposited in the mailbox and there will be a weekly pick up by NSDAR members who will deliver the flags to Lt. Owen Fish Memorial Post 143 on Stratfield Road.

The proper way to dispose of faded, torn and shabby flags is through burning. Post 143 performs this service for the community. Dropping off a tired flag at Old Town Hall helps citizens to honor the American flag with its proper demise.

The public may bring their tired, tattered and torn American flags to Old Town Hall during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The members of the NSDAR are happy to collaborate with the Veterans in town to provide this service,” said Betty Oderwald, NSDAR member. “Thank you to First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Ed McCourt, Fairfield Public Works and Amy Mezoff, member of the town’s 375th Anniversary Committee, for all their help in providing this opportunity for everyone to show respect and honor for the American Flag.”

“This disposal site is a proper way to dispose of our old and torn flags in a way that honors and respects our flag and our country,” Tetreau said. “I appreciate the civic and patriotic efforts of the NSDAR, Post 143 and our town workers who are helping out in this endeavor.”

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