The Capitol Flag Room is a memorial to the loss of life given in the defense of freedom. But time has not been kind to New York's great Battle Flag collection. Over the years, dirt in the Capitol and the surrounding urban environment has soiled the flags. Excessive exposure to light and the method of storage - displaying the flags rolled and vertical - has caused significant damage. The New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Division of Military and Naval Affairs conducted a survey of the Capitol Battle Flag collection in 1997. All the flags were inventoried and 129 were examined and photographed. A program of care and the development of a flag archive was recommended to insure the long-term preservation of the collection.
Portions of the collection have been preserved and are back on display in the Capitol Flag Room.