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Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services invite citizens, civic groups and local Scout organizations to participate in an official flag decommissioning ceremony on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 6 p.m. in Veterans Park (Klockner Road entrance) in Hamilton Township.

Each year, the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services partners with local veterans from the American Legion Post 31 and the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee to hold the time-honored decommissioning, also known as “flag retirement.”

American flags that have become tattered, soiled or are otherwise “no longer fit for display” will be burned in a dignified manner in a pit in the ground during the ceremony and the flames will eventually be doused by firefighters from the Nottingham Fire Company of Hamilton. Veteran Services has collected thousands of flags eligible for retirement for the past several months from American Legion Post 31, private homes, the veterans section of Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, and government offices including the Mercer County Clerk’s Office and Sheriff’s Office.

Organizations that wish to have an American flag properly disposed of should bring the flag to any Mercer County office, including County Connection on Route 33, Hamilton; the Mercer County Park Commission Offices or Ranger Headquarters; the Mercer County Veterans Home on Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton; or the McDade Administration Building at 640 South Broad St., Trenton.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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