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Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".

Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.

Close To 11,000 More Worn American Flags Respectfully Retired

SPRINGFIELD, MA (July 1, 2019)

For the 8th year in a row, in honor of Flag Day, Big Y collected worn, torn, faded, or badly soiled American Flags for proper and respected retirement from May 23 through June 12, 2019.

The American owned supermarket chain has collected almost 57,000 worn American flags since the program began, including 10,721 collected this year. All worn flags were delivered to local Boy Scouts, American Legions,VFW’s, and military organizations to ensure proper retirement with dignity and respect. All Big Y locations as well as Fresh Acres had special receptacles for accepting the worn flags.

The collecting organizations hold a special flag retirement ceremony that conforms to the United States Flag Code. "United States Federal Law provides that 'The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblemfor display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.' (36 U.S.C. 176(k))” The burning symbolizes purification and rebirth when performed during a ceremony. After a final tribute, a flag is cut in 13 strips that represent the original 13 colonies, and the 50 stars to pay homage to the 50 states. The strips are then respectively placed on a fire. The ashes are then collected and buried after the Pledge of Allegiance is recited and a moment of silence is observed.

Flag Day was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. It is celebrated every year on June 14 to observe the adoption of the first national flag in 1777. Big Y proudly displays the American Flag outside of every location.

According to Big Y CEO, Charles D’Amour, We are proud to help our customers to respectfully retire their worn American Flags in one final display of patriotism for our country.”