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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Our American Flag is ripped and needs to be replaced. I was just wondering if anyone knows the proper way to dispose of the flag. Someone suggested throwing it away I don't think so!! I know there's a proper way to do it, I'm just not sure what it is. Thanks in advance for your help
post #2 of 14
It is supposed to be burned. Often you can drop it off at a local VFW, and they will dispose of it for you.
post #3 of 14
I would check with a local American Legion's post. They often have the facilities to properly dispose of a flag.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks I will do that.
post #5 of 14
I know that some of the Veteran's organizations (VFW or American Legion) around here accept old flags and hold a ceremony on Flag Day to properly dispose of them. I would imaging they do that all over.

And thank you for respecting the flag enough to find the proper way to dispose of it. Too many people just toss it out, mostly because they were never taught that there is a proper way to dispose of the flag.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
I know that some of the Veteran's organizations (VFW or American Legion) around here accept old flags and hold a ceremony on Flag Day to properly dispose of them. I would imaging they do that all over.

And thank you for respecting the flag enough to find the proper way to dispose of it. Too many people just toss it out, mostly because they were never taught that there is a proper way to dispose of the flag.
You're welcome. It's a shame more people don't know more about the flag. No respect
post #7 of 14
As the daughter and widow of veterans, I appreciate that you want to dispose of your flag, in the properly respectful manner.

Over the years, I've attended many flag-disposal ceremonies, at my American Legion post. Any veterans' organization will assist you, in this endeavor.
post #8 of 14
Or you could bunch it up pretty and find a pretty glass jar to put it in to display it. I did that at work and it looks pretty cute! Is that a proper thing to do? I hope it's ok that I did that!
post #9 of 14
I think you are just not supposed to throw it away. I really don't know, I never had a flag. If you found something better to do with it to still use it and have it on display, then go for it, who's going to stop you
post #10 of 14
I was curious, so I googled "proper disposal american flag". I got a gazillion hits, the first of which was...

http://www.usa-flag-site.org/faq/disposal.shtml

Quote:
The only definitive answer is found in the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 8(k). It states:

"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by rapunzel47
I was curious, so I googled "proper disposal american flag". I got a gazillion hits, the first of which was...

http://www.usa-flag-site.org/faq/disposal.shtml
I was about to suggest that site. My mother and I are going to have charge of our whole church service the Sunday before Memorial Day, so we've been doing lots of research.
post #12 of 14
Thank you for properl disposeing of the flag. Thank you very much.

I am sure the local VFW will be happy to help.
post #13 of 14
Thank you for properl disposeing of the flag. Thank you very much.

I am sure the local VFW will be happy to help.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by goosehazel
You're welcome. It's a shame more people don't know more about the flag. No respect
Americans are my best friends, so it's nice to hear about respect for the flag rather than the self-loathing flag defacers/burners that make the news sometimes.
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