End of Life

Discussion in 'American Flag Disposal' started by FlagAdvocate, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. FlagAdvocate

    FlagAdvocate Member

    Donations of worn out flags to scouting and veterans organizations are the traditional means of retiring an American flag, but there appears to be another possibility which is slowly gaining in acceptance. It began with the recognition that the cremation of a veteran, and the worn out emblem he/she served under, could be consumed by the same flames, and their ashes co-mingled as a honorable and fitting tribute to both. As if covering a coffin, the worn out flag would cover the remains with the field of stars over the heart.

    Mortuaries across the country have begun to request donations of torn and tattered flags to honor veterans who have requested cremation, and scouting and veterans organizations are becoming aware that some of the flags donated for ceremonial burning could be dedicated for a veteran's cremation.

    So if the concept sounds appealing, consider donating your next worn out American flag to a local mortuary with the stipulation that it be available if requested by a vet, or on behalf of a vet, for cremation. As a vet myself, I think the time has come for me to consider the concept. I can't think of a more dignified way to honor the end of life for vet and flag.

    Bill Jameson
    Vet & Flag Advocate

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