The Northampton Township Board of Supervisors and the Township Veterans Advisory Committee are pleased to announce that Northampton Township will hold a Flag Disposal Ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, June 14th at the Northampton Township Municipal Park located off Hatboro Rd, Churchville from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to take their old or tattered U.S. flags to the ceremony for proper disposal.
“Many people are not aware that there is a proper way to dispose of the flag”, said Pete Palestina event coordinator, adding “the customary method is by way of a ceremonial flag burning conducted by proper protocol”. The flags will be disposed of and burned by Boy Scout Troops #5 based in Churchville and #240 based at St. Vincent DePaul. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. with opening remarks followed by posting of the colors by the Color Guard from the Marine Corps League’s Patriot Detachment #1230 Richboro, singing of the National Anthem and other patriotic songs by the BucksMont Squires of Song, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Following a keynote address by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, the Scouts will begin the burning ceremony until its conclusion. A token of appreciation for attending will be provided compliments of Lynne Kelleher (flags) and Gasper Landscaping (potted plants). Palestina said that residents may bring their tattered flags at any time during the ceremony, but if they cannot attend the ceremony on the 14th, they may bring their flags in advance to a number of locations including the Township Administration and Public Works buildings on Township Road, the Northampton Senior Citizens Center at Upper Holland and Township Road, or any of the 3 Northampton firehouses (Richboro, Holland and Churchville).
In the event of inclement weather, the flag ceremony and burning will take place at a later date.