A new spot to give Old Glory its due in Rolling Meadows

  • A drop box for donation of used or worn American flags is now outside Rolling Meadows city hall.

    A drop box for donation of used or worn American flags is now outside Rolling Meadows city hall. Courtesy of City of Rolling Meadows

 
 
Posted11/17/2022 10:31 AM

A new all-weather collection box has been installed outside Rolling Meadows city hall for disposal of used or worn American flags.

The collection receptacle at 3600 Kirchoff Road came about thanks to the efforts of the city's veterans committee and two Rolling Meadows-based companies who donated to the project.

 
Members of the Rolling Meadows veterans committee, pictured at the city's 2022 Memorial Day observance, were behind the effort to install a flag donation box at city hall.
Members of the Rolling Meadows veterans committee, pictured at the city's 2022 Memorial Day observance, were behind the effort to install a flag donation box at city hall. - Courtesy of City of Rolling Meadows

Northrop Grumman Corp., the defense contractor with a large presence along Hicks Road, provided funds for the flag box. Suburban Accents, a vinyl graphics producer on Berdnick Street, printed the graphics that make up the box's finished design and color scheme. It all cost $1,237.24.

"We are endlessly grateful for Northrop Grumman's and Suburban Accents' support of this worthy effort," committee chair Ron Willer said in an announcement. "With decreasing options available for gathering and storing old flags, this collection box offers added convenience for our fellow community members while ensuring a measure of respect for Old Glory and all it represents."

The veterans committee will properly retire the donated flags at a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14.

The committee plans and coordinates annual events, including the recent veterans dinner held Nov. 4 and Memorial Day ceremony.

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