Proper Disposal of the American Flag
recently took a Flag Etiquette Quiz at another site. One of
the questions concerned proper disposal of the American flag.
The question was "How
should you dispose of a U.S. flag that's beyond repair?"
Options were 1) Burn it 2) Shred it 3) Give it to your local government
or American Legion Post to dispose of
quiz gave the correct answer as "You
should give a flag that's beyond repair to your local government
or American Legion Post to dispose of." But my local government
would not accept our old flag. What should I do to dispose of an
Flag Site Answer:
answer came from an incorrect interpretation of this sentence
at the Federal
Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services
Administration (the GSA):
"American Legion Posts and local governments
often have facilities to dispose of unserviceable flags."
While that statement is true, it's also true that
they often have neither the facilities nor the knowledge.
Furthermore, many municipalities have contacted USA Flag Site
they should do with unserviceable flags. The only definitive
answer is found in the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER
1 > Sec.
8(k). It states:
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"
You can find a good copy of the entire US Flag Code at
Information Institute, Cornell Law School
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