Carlsbad now offers a drop box to retire American flags at the Carlsbad City Library. 
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Drop boxes provided to retire American flags


CARLSBAD — North County residents can ensure a proper retirement of their American flags thanks to the city of Carlsbad’s Fire Department and Library.Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, now has a flag drop box supplied by the Fire Department and a second flag drop box will be installed at the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, by the end of March. Per the United States Flag Code, flags that are no longer fitting to display must be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The drop boxes, which resemble red mailboxes, provide a convenient and respectful method for flag retirement. At Carlsbad City Library, the drop box is located next to the drive-up book return, and at Cole Library, the drop box will be located next to the book return in front of the library.

“The city of Carlsbad’s Fire Department has been accepting worn flags from the public, which we burn in a fire pit,” said Fire Captain Skip Clark. “We were looking for the most convenient location to provide a flag drop-off service and decided on the library. Now community members will be able to dispose of their flags and know that their fire department will respectfully and safely take care of the rest. This is just another way that the Carlsbad Fire Department is at your service.”

The flag retirement drop boxes will be available 24/7 outside of the libraries.