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The City of Dearborn will honor the nation’s flag at a Flag Day ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2024, from 6-7 p.m., at Ford Field Park, 22501 Cherry Hill St. The commemoration will involve retiring tattered American flags that are no longer fit for public display using American Legion burning protocols.

The annual ceremony, which is held in conjunction with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC), will mark the 248th anniversary of the adoption of the nation’s flag by the Continental Congress in 1777. Members of the public are invited to attend the event, which will take place on the north side of Ford Field Park on Cherry Hill St, west of Brady St.

City now accepting damaged, discolored flags for proper disposal

To ensure that damaged and discolored American flags are appropriately and honorably retired, the City of Dearborn is now collecting flags that are no longer fit for display.

Stars on donated flags should be no bigger than 2 inches across. Flags should be labeled “Made in the USA” or be made by a flag company that is a member of NIFDA or FMAA.

All flags received by the City will be provided to Stars for Our Troops, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for appropriate flag retirement. Stars for Our Troops processes and cleans American flags that are no longer suitable for display before carefully cutting out and embroidering the stars on these flags to be shipped to active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families with a note of support and gratitude.

Residents may deliver tattered, torn, and faded flags to the front service desk at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave. Flags will be collected year-round, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m - 5 p.m., excluding City holidays.

For more information on flag retirement ceremonies, visit Defense.gov.