Published: Jun 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 13, 2014 2:18 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- In honor of Flag Day, a Fort Myers funeral home is distributing 600 new American flags to anyone who turns in an old flag.

"It's something that we heard a calling from within the community that they don't know what to do with their old tattered flags? ??," said Harvey-Engelhardt funeral director Rachel Schad. "We just have people come in and turn in their retired flag that's maybe ripped or tattered or faded."?

?Schad said the funeral home has been providing flags for the community the last few years. Friday, with a line of flags outside the building, several residents stopped by to pick-up a new flag.

?"?This is ??great, I think it's a great idea. It just goes to show their patriotism and what they think of America," said Korean War veteran Barry Kruger. "I think ??people need to show a little more patriotism towards our country today."

Harvey-Engelhardt in Fort Myers and Fuller Metz in Cape Coral will be handing out free flags from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 13th


American Legion Post 303 will hold their annual Flag Day Ceremonies tomorrow. Bring old, tattered American flags to the Post to be respectfully retired. A fire will be lit and the local Boy Scout troops, civic organizations and residents will bring their flags to the Post for outdoor burning.

The ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m., and is expected to last about an hour, followed by a steak dinner inside.

Post 303 is located at 27678 Imperial Shores Blvd. off of Bonita Beach Rd.

Contact Chaplain Jay Murphy at or (239) 450-5366 for more details.