The Jonesborough Flag Committee sponsors flag collection containers and a Flag Retirement Ceremony each year. There are three clearly marked flag collection containers located at the Jonesborough Post Office parking lot near Town Hall, David Crockett High School, and the Food City parking lot in Gray. These ex free-standing mailboxes are painted red with a US Flag emblem, and residents are encouraged to dispose of their worn and tattered flags in these containers. During the year over 1,000 worn flags are collected, and these are properly stored for the Flag Retirement Ceremony.
The Flag Retirement Ceremony is normally held near the end of October each year by the Flag Committee. The ceremony is held with the assistance of the Daniel Boone High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit. The Town of Jonesborough has built burn units, and following US Flag Code flag disposal procedures hickory wood is placed in the burners and the flags are burned in the hot coals. The coals and the ashes are then properly buried. Because the collection program has been so successful, the Town has had to build additional burn units. A ceremonial flag disposal is initiated during the Flag Retirement Ceremony, and then after the ceremony ROTC cadets assist with the burn units most of the afternoon.