Everything from properly folding to flying a flag correctly is presented in the United States Flag Code outlines. It even describes how to retire an American flag respectfully.
The Code 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.”
When your flag is torn and worn out beyond repair, it is time to retire it,” said Diane Stowe from American Legion Post #241. “Even your small garden flag!”
There are several ways to respectfully dispose of the American flag without showing disgrace. The most common method is burning the torn and/or tattered flag in a special ceremony.
In Waynedale, on Saturday, May 26, at noon, American Legion Post #241, will be holding a Flag Disposal Ceremony in the parking lot.
To prepare a flag for the ceremony first you must remove all grommets (cutting them out is appropriate) and there is to be no wood or other material attached to the flag. “Just flag material.”
The Veterans Department of Affairs suggests starting by folding the flag in a customary triangle manner. Members of the Honor Guard will prepare a large fire space to sufficiently burn the flag completely. They will place the flag in the fire and while it burns, individuals at the ceremony will salute or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dirty flags may be cleaned, slightly torn flags may be mended, but badly torn, or extremely dirty flags should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.
The public is invited to bring retired flags before or on Saturday, May 26, by noon, to American Legion Post #241, 7605 Bluffton Road, where a Flag Disposal Ceremony will be held. The public is also invited to attend the ceremony.