Mail box becomes retired U.S. flag box

While flipping through a past issue of American Legion Magazine, Vice Commander Steve Winter of American Legion Post 66 in Hiawatha, Kan., read an article on how a Pennsylvania post turned a U.S. post-office box into an unserviceable U.S. flag-drop box. Winter decided to create one for his local community.

Winter acquired an unused U.S. post-office box from a government surplus store. He then sanded, painted and wrote Post 66’s name on it. Post 66 received permission to install the retired flag-drop box in a high-traffic, secure location: the Brown County Court House.

Within the first three weeks of its installation, 75 torn and faded flags were collected. The post plans to conduct formal flag retirement ceremony’s with the flags collected.

"Our county is a small farm community but proud of our current and former servicemen and women," said Post 66 Commander Michael Mendez. "For us veterans, our community leaders continuously demonstrate the traits and characteristics that make our nation what it is today."


  1. We have had one by the front door of Mason-Dixon Post 194 in Rising Sun, MD for many, many years. With that box, we collect thousands of worn and tattered flags every year. A great idea for Posts to add something like that to extend their outreach into the communities they serve.

  2. Delphi Legion Post 75 have had a retired mail box for years in front of our Post. I empty the box a least every two weeks. these are used for our Flag Burning Ceremonies in June

  3. Last year I attended a training seminar in Beaumont, TX and heard a speaker mention using retired U.S. mail boxes as drop boxes for folks in his area to bring their U.S. flags for retirement. I have been talking with a couple of USPS offices in my area and both have informed me that it is no longer possible for them to either give, or sell retired mail boxes to anyone for any reason.
    We would desperately love to be able to obtain any information on how we could obtain one or two boxes for purpose of turning them into flag drop boxes. If anyone can be of help would you please contact me at wyotexan2000 at yahoo dot com or at 254-739-3465. You can leave a message at my phone number if needed. I will return your call ASAP.

    I am Carl Conkling Finance Officer/Public Relations Officer of Post 238 in Teague, TX.
    Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.