PLANO, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce that the inaugural “Honor Our Stars and Stripes” Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on June 18th, 2016 in Frisco Texas. The program was announced in the fall of 2015 in an effort to meet the needs of constituents seeking to properly retire old and worn U.S. flags. Folks across Collin County dropped off over 150 American flags, and the public is invited to participate in the decommissioning ceremony along with Johnson and local leaders including the Oldwornflag.com.
“The American flag represents our freedom and the individual rights we all hold dear,” said Johnson. “It is a powerful symbol, and as proud Americans we must treat it with proper respect. As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW who was denied basic human rights during my nearly seven years in captivity – including the right to display our national flag – I am honored to host this community-wide event. It will provide an opportunity for North Texans to come together in remembrance of all that our flag stands for and to reflect on the unique founding of our Great Nation.”
Saturday, June 18th
Veterans Memorial at Frisco Commons Park
8000 McKinney Road, Frisco TX
*Due to time limitations, some flags will be decommissioned at a later time.
*Future ceremonies will be scheduled to fit demand.
For more information on the “Honoring Our Starts and Stripes” flag program, please call Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.
If you have an unserviceable American flag:
According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Flags are considered to be unserviceable when they are torn, soiled, faded, or frayed. If you have a flag in these conditions, you are invited to drop it off at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office located at 1255 West 15th Street, Ste. 170, Plano, Texas 75075. You may also take the flag to one of Johnson’s Monthly Mobile Office Hours across the district. For details about the next Mobile Office Hours (June 15th), call 469-304-0382 or visit Johnson’s website HERE.
If you would like to purchase a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol:
As an additional constituent service, the office of Congressman Johnson can assist individuals desiring to purchase a new flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in order to commemorate a special occasion. Congressman Johnson receives no profit from the sale of flags. Ordering options can be found HERE.