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Old 10-25-2010, 08:23 AM   #1
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American Flag Disposal ??

So the American flag that I fly proudly ever day needs to be replaced due to discoloring and with rips in it. Does anyone know how to properely dispose of it without discrasing it?
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:26 AM   #2
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Discrasing? You mean disgracing or desecrating?

I think you're supposed to pack it in the center of a thermonuclear warhead and launch it at Communists.
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So the American flag that I fly proudly ever day needs to be replaced due to discoloring and with rips in it. Does anyone know how to properely dispose of it without discrasing it?
find your local vfw and drop it off there
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You can find your local VFW or Boy Scout troop. They will be happy to properly dispose of it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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Save it for yourself.
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Yep, dead on. You can take it to your local VFW and they will disassemble it and burn it in pieces.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:42 AM   #7
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Discrasing? You mean disgracing or desecrating?

I think you're supposed to pack it in the center of a thermonuclear warhead and launch it at Communists.
Not the best speller sometimes but thanks and I like your suggestion!

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"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"
I thought burning it was disgracefull or desacrating it?

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find your local vfw and drop it off there
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You can find your local VFW or Boy Scout troop. They will be happy to properly dispose of it.
Interesting!

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Save it for yourself.
I hear ya but trying not to become a hoarder like my pops
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:12 AM   #8
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I'm sure the US is similar to Canada with this. The proper way to dispose of our National Flag is to destroy it in a dignified way by burning it privately in a non-public fashion. I would imagine your VFW's and Scout Troops are able to do this for you.
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yes, i was on the honor guard at my last command. we had a ceremony with the VFW and Boy Scouts. you fold the flag properly then place it in a fire. it's not disgracing the flag if you have the correct attitude. Burning is the proper way to dispose of the National Ensign. They are also correct, the VFW and Boy Scouts will have ceremonies for proper flag retirement.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:57 AM   #10
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Thanks all for your suggestions!

Okay so would it be okay if I properly folded it and placed it in a burn barrel which I have in my backyard? The barrel isnt used for trash, just for keeping friends warm with wood!
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Thanks all for your suggestions!

Okay so would it be okay if I properly folded it and placed it in a burn barrel which I have in my backyard? The barrel isnt used for trash, just for keeping friends warm with wood!
If you were to do that without ceremony, it would be appropriate. Although, I would recommend that you not fold it, but get a fire going first and then add the flag, unfolded. If folded, it might not burn completely.

Good luck with the effort.
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As an Eagle Scout & Assistant Scoutmaster I have done this several times.
1. Have the flag properly folded in the "triangle" fashion.
2. Place the folded flag in the middle of a good sized fire with established coals.
3. That's it.
This will ensure that it will completely burn even though it is folded.
We have disposed of our church, local FD, and township buildings worn out American Flags this way.
Simply an honorable end to the service of a symbol of our country.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:16 AM   #14
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As an Eagle Scout & Assistant Scoutmaster I have done this several times.
1. Have the flag properly folded in the "triangle" fashion.
2. Place the folded flag in the middle of a good sized fire with established coals.
3. That's it.
This will ensure that it will completely burn even though it is folded.
We have disposed of our church, local FD, and township buildings worn out American Flags this way.
Simply an honorable end to the service of a symbol of our country.
Thanks for the correction! You are most correct.
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Not the best speller sometimes but thanks and I like your suggestion!



I thought burning it was disgracefull or desacrating it?





Interesting!



I hear ya but trying not to become a hoarder like my pops

Burning it is the proper way. Burning it privately is quite different than burning it publicly in a protest fashion.

http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html
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As an Eagle Scout & Assistant Scoutmaster I have done this several times.
1. Have the flag properly folded in the "triangle" fashion.
2. Place the folded flag in the middle of a good sized fire with established coals.
3. That's it.
This will ensure that it will completely burn even though it is folded.
x2

Plus keep the metal grommets for good luck

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Burning it is the proper way. Burning it privately is quite different than burning it publicly in a protest fashion.

http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html
VERY good link.
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