4th Annual SCMUA American Flag Retirement Ceremony Hosted at Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park

7/26/2017

Abbey Glen - Flag Retirement Ceremony
Photo credit: Nancy Madasi

Abbey Glen - Flag Retirement Ceremony
Photo credit: Nancy Madasi

Abbey Glen was honored to host the 4th annual American Flag Retirement for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority this past Monday, July 10th, in honor of Independence Day. Present were the American Legion, Veterans Association, Boy Scouts from Andover and the Administration of Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority.

This unique memorial service, held in Lafayette, New Jersey, was for the proper and respectful destruction of 1,000 pounds of unserviceable American flags collected at the SCMUA Recycling Center. In comparison to past years where SCMUA has collected approximately 400 pounds of flags per year, this is a significant jump in the number of flags brought in by county residents and businesses.

Abbey Glen's Renowned Crematory Serves as Eco-Friendly Disposal Solution

Derek and Kevin Cooke, proprietors of Abbey Glen, were pleased to offer Abbey Glen's crematory at no charge to allow for an environmentally-focused method of combusting large quantities of flags without releasing harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. Today's flags are constructed out of nylon or polyester-based fabrics, which if burned in the open air, can emit hazardous fumes.

The goal of this program is to renew awareness of the need to provide environmentally-sound alternatives for the final disposition of our national symbol. Abbey Glen is noted to have the first NJDEP issued facility air permit, which was issued by the NJDEP in 2015, for the annual combustion of American flags. As a result of this program, over 2,450 pounds of flags that were collected at the SCMUA Recycling Center have been properly incinerated under State and American Legion guidelines, with the ashes retired in a place of honor at the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Abbey Glen is continuously grateful to the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority for the opportunity to offer their crematory services as an ecological resolution to proper disposal of the American flag.