Worker Saves Hundreds of US Flags From Trash
Sanitation worker keeps them for dignified disposal
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2014 2:07 AM CDT
Shevlin says his campaign started after he found flags scrunched up in the back of his garbage truck.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – No matter how old and tattered they are, American flags aren't trash, says a New York City sanitation worker who has saved more than 700 from an undignified fate over the last year. After Ed Shevlin started rescuing flags he found in the trash, organizations began presenting him with tattered flags of their own to be disposed of properly, CBS reports. The old flags were ignited after a ceremony at the US Merchant Marine Academy over the weekend where Shevlin was presented with a special commendation.

A lot of people toss their old flags in the trash when they should really be dropped off at any veterans' post for dignified disposal or given to Boy Scouts, who also handle flag disposal, says Shevlin, whose campaign began when he found some tattered flags in the back of his garbage truck. "My campaign is really about education," he tells the New York Daily News. "It’s about saving the flags and keeping flags from going into the garbage in the future."

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Apr 28, 2014 11:07 PM CDT
I was putting the Flag out last year for Memorial Day,slipped & fell broke my right leg so bad the bones were sticking out of my leg. 6 surgery's three different cast's, now in a boot for 6 weeks. Far as I am concerned I don't care what you do with the Flag
Apr 28, 2014 12:24 PM CDT
To me the flag is a symbol of American stupidity. Texas made a law against burning the flag. The supreme court declared that unconstitutional. Then the president said we should make a national law against burning the flag. How stupid is that? The supreme court only days before said you can't do that. When the symbol of freedom becomes more important than freedom itself then I start to hate that symbol. Americans are willing to sacrifice our freedom over that stupid symbol. That is scary to me.
Apr 28, 2014 11:39 AM CDT
They're made in China for the most part. This country can't even make their own flags. If they're made in China, the trash is good enough for them