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Proper Disposal of the American Flag

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Proper Disposal of American Flag
As a symbol of  heritage, honor and national pride the Proper Disposal of the American Flag is mark of solemn respect for all it symbolizes. Instructions and guidance for the proper disposal of American flag are detailed in this article.  The importance of the Stars and Stripes is reflected in the celebration of "Flag Day" on June 14 commemorating the anniversary of the original adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official emblem of the US on June 14, 1777 and in the celebration of Independence Day on the 4th of July commemorating the USA declaring its independence from Britain. The proper disposal of American flag is taken extremely seriously by Americans.

 
 

Respect for the Proper Disposal of the American Flag
There are guidelines for in the US Flag code for the Proper Disposal of the American Flag properly. The United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k), Amended 7 July 1976) states:

 "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

Proper Disposal of the American Flag: It is vital that "No disrespect should be shown to the American flag of the United States of America".

Proper Disposal of the American Flag - Torn, Worn and Tattered Flags
The American flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to allow it to be easily torn or damaged in any way. A torn flag may be mended, but a worn or tattered flag should be destroyed when it is no longer fit for display.

Torn American Flags

It is deemed appropriate for a torn flag may be mended

Tattered American Flags

Definition: Tattered flags are those that can be described as torn, ragged and generally dilapidated and eligible for disposal 

Worn American Flags

Definition: Worn flags are those that can be described as shabby, threadbare and frayed and eligible for disposal 

Proper Disposal of the American Flag - Proper Disposal Methods
The guidelines for the different methods for the Proper Disposal of the American Flag are as follows:

Proper Disposal Methods

Organisations & Agencies

Flags that are beyond repair may be taken for disposal to various organisations for the Proper Disposal of the American Flag with appropriate ceremonies and respect. The following organisations and agencies that might be able to help you include:

American Legion Post
Local government
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
US Military
 

DIY Disposal by Burning

Disposal by burning should be properly planned and organised

The Backyard

Plan a private ceremony - the backyard would be appropriate for a retiring ceremony, but you should check to ensure there are no burning restrictions in your area.

Retirement Ceremony

You can invite family members and friends to the retirement ceremony which could include a hoisting and lowering ceremony, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a salute.  A family member might be asked to say a few respectful words prior to the disposal by burning

Safe location

Choose a safe location, away from any flammable items, trees or sheds

Proper Folding

Ensure that the flag is folded in  a proper manner prior to disposal and is in the appropriate triangular shape

Burning process

Ensure that the fire has reach a temperature that is hot enough to incinerate the entire flag, but not so intense that it may blow debris out of the fire.

 

Proper Disposal of the American Flag

Proper Disposal of the American Flag

DIY Disposal by Burning

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