Flag disposal

Discussion in 'American Flag Disposal' started by marinemombanks, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. marinemombanks

    marinemombanks New Member

    I appreciate your website. I learned more than what I went there for. Before you burn an unserviceable flag, is it ok to set it on the table or on something until you can take the proper time to burn it in a dignified way?
     
  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Hi, thanks for posting! I've moved this thread to the Flag Disposal section for easier reference.

    Before you burn an unserviceable flag, is it ok to set it on the table or on something until you can take the proper time to burn it in a dignified way?

    Of course it's OK. The flag is not a holy icon that must be handled according to a detailed and exacting set of rules. The basic idea is that it is a symbol of the nation and should not be treated in a way that would suggest lack of respect for the nation (e.g., crumpled up in a corner or used as a wiping rag).

    Peter Ansoff
     
  3. Mildred Holland

    Mildred Holland New Member

    I have a question as to if is disrespectful to cut the stars from the blue field and give to a veteran to thank them for their service to there country.
     
  4. FlagAdvocate

    FlagAdvocate Member

    Greetings Mildred,

    Welcome to the USA Flag Forum. There is a search box in the upper right corner of this forum. Type in: cutting the flag and click on SEARCH to read what others have asked and said about this issue. Keep in mind that the US Flag Code simply recommends respectfully burning the flag (the whole flag) to retire it. Personally, I would adhere to the US Flag Code, and find other meaningful and thoughtful ways to thank a veteran for serving.

    Bill Jameson
    Vet & Flag Advocate
     

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