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    Big Y Gathering Worn Flags

    Effort marks patriotic observance

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information

    For the third consecutive Flag Day, Big Y is collecting worn, torn, faded or badly soiled American flags for proper retirement. The Springfield, Mass.-based grocer is working with local Boy Scouts, American Legions, VFWs and military organizations on the effort

    From May 22 to June 11, all Big Y locations, including Fresh Acres and Table & Vine, will provide special receptacles for accepting the flags, which will go to the aforementioned organizations to be retired properly in a special ceremony conforming to U.S. federal law. During the ceremony, the flags are cut into 13 strips representing the original 13 colonies and then placed on a fire, in an action symbolic of purification and rebirth. The resulting ashes are subsequently collected and buried after the Pledge of Allegiance is recited and a moment of silence observed.

    Established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, Flag Day occurs every June 14 in commemoration of the adoption of the first national flag in 1777. Big Y displays the American flag outside of every location.

    Since 2012, Big Y has collected more than 10,000 American flags for proper retirement.

    One of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, family-owned Big Y operates 62 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, with more than 10,000 employees.

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information
    • About Bridget Goldschmidt In addition to serving as Progressive Grocer’s Managing Editor, Bridget writes many print and digital features encompassing a range of grocery and fresh categories across the store. Bridget also enjoys on-site reporting assignments at such key industry events as the New York Fancy Food Show and the International Boston Seafood Show, in addition to visiting stores for PG’s prestigious Store of the Month feature. In her years with the magazine, she has developed into a knowledgeable voice on grocery industry trends, sought by such distinguished publications as The New York Times.

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