In observance of National Flag Day, two decommissioned newspaper boxes from the Press-Register were renovated into receptacles for U.S. flags that need to be retired. Law enforcement officers and local organizations gathered on the steps of The Mobile Police Department for a special dedication ceremony. The proper time to retire a flag is when it is worn, ripped, or soiled beyond repair. The new retirement boxes in Mobile County allow residents the opportunity to dispose of the flag with dignity.

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The community project was led by the Fatherhood Initiative. This is a community-based program sponsored by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) that is designed to remove the barriers to being an effective parent through evidence-based practices and partnerships with various organizations. The program works closely with the Mobile Police Department (MPD). Curtis Graves, Director of Strategic Initiatives with MPD, also serves part-time as Program Administrator for the Fatherhood Initiative. In tribute to this partnership, the first retirement box is located at the MPD Headquarters at 2460 Government Street. The second box will be located in the lobby of MCHD's Keeler Memorial Building at 251 North Bayou Street. Once the boxes are full, the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Mobile will be contacted. A troop will be assigned to collect the flags and then conduct a proper flag retirement ceremony.

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