American flags find new purpose, to help veterans

LYMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – If you have ever wondered what to do when the American flag is faded or tattered and ready to be retired? An Upstate man is making sure those flags find a new purpose.

Joe Barnette is taking the flags and turning them into keepsakes to give to veterans with a note thanking them for their service.

The note reads:

“I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”

Barnette is a veteran himself and got the idea a couple of months ago when someone else gave one to him.

“It just said somebody’s thinking about me, you know, somebody cared enough to take the time to say hey, thanks,” Barnette explained. “It just touched my heart. It really did.”

When Barnette finishes with the flags he gives the rest to local Boy Scouts to retire the flag properly.

Barnette started this process just a few weeks ago, and already, he’s had dozens of flags donated. If you would like to help you can drop off any flags at Lyman Town Hall.

He hopes the veterans will take the small token and carry it with them.

“No matter where they go, they can have that little piece of America with them,” he explained, “because I’m telling you, this is the greatest country in the world.”

For more information on “Stars for our Troops” click here.


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