Local bank to collect worn American flags

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Illinois State Bank will collect worn and tattered American flags through Oct. 31, and work with the Exchange Clubs, American Legion and Boy Scouts to honorably dispose of the flags during Veterans Day ceremonies in November.

Damaged and worn flags will be collected at Illinois State Bank branches in McHenry and Lake in the Hills. The flags will be turned over to the Exchange Clubs for retirement during a Veterans Day ceremony.

“The American flag is a paramount symbol of patriotism, and we are honored to play a role in sharing respectful ways to dispose of worn or tattered flags with our neighbors,” Sue Doyle, vice president of branch administration for Illinois State Bank, said in a news release. “We are happy that the Exchange Clubs, the American Legion and the Scouts are able to help us. They are all great organizations that continue to serve their communities in so many ways.”

Flying a torn or soiled flag may be seen as disrespectful, and etiquette calls for flags to be disposed of properly, with reverence and ceremony. This is the 12th year of the collection, which has netted thousands of worn flags for retirement.

Illinois State Bank is a division of North Shore Bank, which has assets of more than $1.7 billion and 47 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. For information, visit illinoisstatebank.com.