- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A receptacle for retired flags has been dedicated at a funeral home in Grand Island with a salute from the United Veterans Club Honor Guard and a prayer from a chaplain.

The box is painted red, white and blue with flag images across all sides and will be a permanent fixture at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1GGQZSE ) reported. The receptacle is similar in size to a full-size post office drop box and will be open 24/7, year-round.

Funeral director Matt Myers said the flags will be taken to their crematory, where they will be used to honor veterans as they’re being cremated. Each veteran will be draped in a flag.

“A lot of people don’t know what to do with their tattered flags and you have to dispose of them by burning them basically, so this allows people to have a good place to take them,” he said. “That way the flag can be disposed of properly - incinerated with the veteran to honor them.”

Grand Island couple Chuck and Pat Donner attended the dedication on Sunday afternoon and brought two worn flags with them that was in storage for a few years.

Members of the United Veterans Club Honor Guard lowered the flag from the funeral home flag pole and carefully folded it. One member then marched with the flag to the box and deposited the flag there, followed by a firm salute.

The honor guard then raised a new flag above the funeral home.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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