Business owners and residents are being urged to welcome visitors to the region by flying U.S. flags or those of other G-20 nations. Thousands of people are expected to visit Southwestern Pennsylvania in the weeks leading up to the Pittsburgh Summit on Sept. 24 and 25.
The National Flag Foundation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, recommends that all flags be clean and intact. If a U.S. flag is damaged or weathered, protocol calls for it to be buried or incinerated. Allegheny County currently has a flag retirement plaza located behind the Children's Theatre in South Park, and it will dedicate its second flag retirement plaza at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 in North Park at the corner of Babcock Boulevard and Ingomar Road.
Anyone who has a worn, torn or weathered U.S. flag that needs to be retired can take it to the North or South park offices, Room 211 of the County Office Building at 542 Forbes Avenue, or Room 101 in the County Courthouse at 436 Grant Street. The flags will be properly retired at the County's flag retirement plazas.
The National Flag Foundation also offers advice on the proper way to fly and display U.S. flags and those of other nations, corporations and associations. Information is available on its website at www.americanflags.org.