Merski kicks off month-long ‘flag takeback’ program Friday, June 7

Joint project with Summit Township will help residents retire torn or tattered flags

ERIE, June 5 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, is encouraging Erie residents to retire their torn, faded or tattered American flags as he kicks off a month-long “flag takeback” program at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at his 3901 Liberty St. district office.

Merski said he is sponsoring the program in partnership with the Summit Township Supervisors to help residents prepare for the July 4 holiday.

“Most residents know when it’s time to retire a torn, faded or tattered American flag, but they may be uncertain how to do so, or may not have the time to retire a flag in the manner the Flag Code specifies,” Merski said. “It’s my hope that this program will make that process a lot easier for residents as they prepare to show their patriotic spirit on July 4.”

Merski noted that after June 7 and for the remainder of the month, residents will be able to deposit flags at one of two locations:

  • His district office at 3901 Liberty Street or
  • His Summit office at the Summit Township Municipal Building, 1230 Townhall Road W.

Media coverage of the program kickoff is invited.