North Shore Bank: Joins Exchange Clubs in Honorable Disposal of Flags


Kate Knox
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Local bank branches to serve as worn American flag collection sites through Oct. 30

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — North Shore Bank today announced it will collect worn and tattered flags from Sept. 11 through Oct. 30, and work with the Exchange Clubs, the American Legion and local Boy Scout troops to honorably dispose of the flags on Veteran’s Day.

Damaged and worn flags will be collected at all North Shore Bank offices throughout eastern Wisconsin. The flags will be properly retired in Veteran’s Day ceremonies on November 11.

“This is the fourth year that North Shore Bank has participated in this effort, and we are pleased to do so,” said Gary Messing, Vice President – Branch Administration. “Many people don’t know how to dispose of tattered or torn flags, and working with the Exchange Clubs, the American Legion and the Scouts gives us the opportunity to help local residents do so in a responsible, respectful and patriotic manner.”

The goal of the Exchange Clubs is to let the public know that flying a torn or soiled flag is disrespectful and that flags should be disposed of properly, with reverence and ceremony. Information on proper flag etiquette will also be available at the collection sites and online at

“Our American flag is known around the globe as a symbol of courage, strength and unity, and there is not a more appropriate symbol of support for our country,” said David Potter, North Shore Bank’s Senior Vice President and Exchange Club member. “We encourage our customers and neighbors to bring their soiled and torn flags to one of our branches for proper disposal.”

North Shore Bank, headquartered in Brookfield, was founded in 1923. It has assets of $1.8 billion and 40 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin. Current branch locations are in metro Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Appleton, Menasha, the Green Bay area, Burlington, Union Grove, Algoma, Two Rivers and Door County, and the bank will open a new office in Franklin this fall. North Shore Bank also has mortgage production offices in Madison and Tampa, Fla.