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How to Properly Dispose of an American Flag

Jun 14, 2017 | Blog, Tips and How Tos

As military veterans of the armed forces, something that we hold near and very dear to our hearts is the American Flag. It represents the very reason we love this country so much. When an American Flag becomes worn, faded, soiled or torn, it should be properly retired. In this post, we will cover How to Properly Dispose of an American Flag. Our flag should only be disposed of in ways that are respectful and without showing any disgrace.

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How to Properly Dispose of an American Flag

Title 4 of the U. S. Code Chapter 1 Section 8(K) states “The Flag, when it is in such condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

The U. S. Code is pretty self-explanatory and states exactly what and how to properly dispose of it. However, many people aren’t comfortable with burning the flag, and we totally understand. One place you take worn flags to be retired is your local American Legion Post.

The American Legion collects old and tattered flags from the local community and gives them a dignified disposal. This includes uniformed personnel along with American Legion personnel in uniform rendering the proper customs and courtesies by saluting, standing at attention, etc.

At Fire Dawgs, we are more than happy to accept tattered flags from our customers who have put them out of service. The only thing that we ask is that you hand them directly to our driver in lieu of putting them in a junk pile or on the ground. This ENSURES we properly dispose of the flag in a yearly dignified flag burning ceremony.

The United States Flag Code

Finally, visit for proper flag etiquette that includes how to fold, display, and properly dispose of an American Flag. We hope you will visit the site and use it as a resource!

We hope we’ve explained How to Properly Dispose of an American Flag. As always, feel free to contact us for any questions at 1-800-211-DAWG or Contact Us anytime online. We are always here to help and answer any questions you may have.

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