Care for the U.S. Flag with NACo

Since 2016, NACo has provided over 2,000 counties, parishes and boroughs with official flag retirement boxes

About the Program

Since 2016, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has provided over 2,000 counties, parishes and boroughs with official flag retirement boxes. Helping residents properly retire worn U.S. flags is consistent with NACo’s commitment to public service and community engagement.

When an American flag becomes worn out or torn, the U.S. Flag Code dictates how to respectfully retire it. Too many of our residents are unsure of how to care for our nation’s symbol, and county leaders can play a key role in informing them.

Counties, parishes and boroughs have partnered with local groups to collect flags ready for retirement and hold retirement ceremonies.

Five Steps to Launch a Flag Retirement Program in Your County

Many local organizations, like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, veterans groups and sheriffs’ departments, regularly hold flag retirement ceremonies. Identify and partner with a group that will be responsible for emptying the flag box and retiring flags in the proper manner.

Find a location for the flag retirement box that is both secure and easily accessible. The box is durable but recommended for indoor use only.

Announce the box’s availability and location to residents through local news, social media and other forms of communication. NACo has a customizable press release template to help announce your flag retirement program, which can be accessed here.


Due to the success of the program, we’re currently out of inventory. For more information, or if you would like to join our waitlist, please email Thank you for your interest in caring for the American flag.

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Our Nation's Flag

Learn more about the U.S. Flag Code and proper flag retirement.