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Independence Day weekend was a busy holiday for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida employees.  As part of a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council, Goodwill collected 472 unserviceable American flags on July 5 and 6.

"We had a number of people who thanked us for collecting these unserviceable flags," explains Jane Jerdan, Goodwill's senior director of stores.  "Many folks don't realize that we actually accept flags year-round, and make sure to handle them properly until they can be retired."

Goodwill accepts unserviceable flags at all of its Southwest Florida Retail & Donation Centers.
"People don't know what to do with their flags, so many bring them to us year-round," adds Jerdan. 

Collected flags will be transported to Boy Scouts of America for retirement. Boy Scouts retire flags in a formal campfire ceremony.

"Boy Scouts are regularly asked to dispose of flags that are ready to be retired and have been doing this tradition for decades," explains Greg Graham, scout executive and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council.  "This tradition teaches Scouts respect for country and that they are retiring a symbol of honor, courage and strength of our nation which many have selflessly sacrificed for others freedom."