RED OAK — The Red Oak Police Department, with the help of community members and members of the Sons of the American Legion Chris Kyle Squadron No. 388, has installed a new box dedicated to the proper retirement of American flags.

On Wednesday, June 14, the three entities met in the lobby of the department to install a retired flag receptacle, stated ROPD Lt. Marc Schroeder in a press release. The event was held in conjunction with National Flag Day.

"This receptacle will provide the citizens of Red Oak with a location to properly dispose of their worn and tattered American flags. This service was created after [ROPD] Chief Garland Wolf was approached by members of the community requesting a location where American Flags could be dropped off to be properly retired," Schroeder stated. "Chief Wolf created a plan and tasked Red Oak Police Department Citizens on Patrol Representative Robert Sonnier with the project. Mr. Sonnier also serves as the Post Adjutant for the Sons of the American Legion Chris Kyle Squadron #388 out of Midlothian, which is commanded by Commander Gene McAda."

According to the release, the Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 and places high importance on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for the nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps, most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

Schroeder explained that Sonnier and the American Legion also enlisted the services of EmbroidMe and All-Sports Trophies, both of Waxahachie, for graphic artwork and laser etching on the receptacle.

"We sincerely appreciate the service of both of these community supporters which donated their service which was an integral part of the success of this project," Schroeder added. "This American flag disposal receptacle will provide Red Oak citizens with a location to dispose of their American flags and honor our veterans of this great country and our community. From there, the flags will be collected and disposed of properly through a quarterly flag retirement ceremony at the local Sons of the American Legion."

More information about the Sons of the American Legion can be found at https://www.legion.org.