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American Flag Disposal Guide from  Flags.com

American Flag Disposal Guide from Flags.com

Posted by Staff on 25th Apr 2019

Flags.com is NO LONGER Offering Flag Disposal Service

We have been so happy to provide our flag disposal services the past few years! Anything we can do to help people dispose of their flags in the proper way, we want to do. Sadly, in order to keep our warehouse team, we have to limit incoming packages as much as possible. 

Rest assured, as soon as we're back up and running at full capacity, we'll resume service. If you would like to be notified then, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Until then, remember that flying American flags is a constitutional right and a privilege that Americans do not take for granted. Showing pride and love to our great nation, while honoring the men and women who have fought and are currently fighting for our freedom is just a small part of why we fly the United States flag. The US flag is a living entity and is treated as such. 

While the flag is a living thing and represents a living country, it definitely takes a beating from the weather, especially wind, rain, snow, and the sun, and thus becomes tattered and not suitable for flying any longer. Limit your flag flying time to preserve it for as long as possible. Bring it in during inclement weather. If the flag won't be seen by many after dark, take it in before you leave the office or go to bed. 

If you are interested in how to properly dispose of your flag yourself, below are a few ways to do so:

  • Ceremonial Flag Burning- To perform a ceremonial flag burning, make sure your flag is folded properly. Next lay on a bonfire to be burned. While the flag is burning you can salute it, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or sing the National anthem.
  • Flag Burial- To perform a flag burial, fold the flag correctly and place in a dignified wooden box. Next, bury it in the ground. You can give you flag a short funeral by giving a speech on the importance of the flag and then stand at attention while the flag is lowered into the ground. Another option is to observe a moment of silence as the flag is buried. You may even mark the burial site with a patriotic marker.
  • Flag Shredding- Use scissors to slowly and accurately separate the thirteen stripes, leaving the blue star field intact. Next, place the pieces into a respectful receptacle and bury it by following the procedures in the “Flag Burial” above. You can also burn the pieces one by one, starting with the stripes and ending with the blue star field.

The Correct Method of Folding the US Flag

Start

Folding Flag - Start

Step 1

Folding Flag - Step 1

Fold the lower striped section of the flag over the blue field.

Step 2

Folding Flag - 2

Folded edge is then folded over to meet the open edge.

Step 3

Folding Flag - Step 3

A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.

Step 4

Folding Flag - 4

Outer point is then turned inward parallel with the open edge to form a second triangle.

Step 5

Folding Flag - 5

Triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in the triangular shape with only the blue field visible.

Completed

Folding Flag - Completed

Watch an actual flag retirement ceremony!