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American Flag Disposal ??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by 757southpaw, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    757southpaw

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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?
     
  2. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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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.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    find your local vfw and drop it off there
     
  4. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:28 AM
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    You can find your local VFW or Boy Scout troop. They will be happy to properly dispose of it.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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    DeeKay21

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    Save it for yourself.;)
     
  6. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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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.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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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 ;)
     
  8. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:12 AM
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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.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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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.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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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!
     
  11. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    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.
     
  13. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    Interesting read.
     
  14. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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    Thanks for the correction! You are most correct.
     
  15. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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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
     
  16. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    Plus keep the metal grommets for good luck :thumbsup:

    VERY good link.
     
  17. Oct 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    Thanks again folks for all the suggestions. I've decided to burn it myself in the suggested manner :)
     
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