Flags.com is Now Offering Flag Disposal Service
Customers are welcome to send Flags.com their worn and retired flags so they can be disposed of properly.
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. It has its own code and guidelines written to protect the integrity of the flag.
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. The process to retire and dispose of the American flag is unknown to most, as well as time-consuming. The ceremony must be done in the correct way with the flag folded or cut properly. Flags.com has taken it upon ourselves to be a responsible source of disposing of your United States of America flags in the correct way and to uphold the US flag code.
Please send your retired USA flags to our address below. (This is a free service, you just pay to ship the flags.)
Attn: Disposal Service
1395 NW 13th Ave Suite 112B
Delray Beach, FL 33445
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.
- American Organizations- You can give your flags to many American organizations, such as the American Legion, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Elks Lodge, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, and the military to provide a flag disposal service.
- Flag Recycling- Flags are mostly made from nylon or polyester, which when burned produces toxic fumes that are harmful to the environment and our health. Non-profit and private organizations recycle American flags, such as American Flag Recycling. Learn more here:http://www.americanflagdisposal.com/ You can find a local organization or contact your local waste and recycling management for more information.
We send the blue star fields we receive from retired flags to Stars for Our Troops. At this non-profit, they cut each individual star out and pass them on to those who that have defended or are currently defending our country. If you would like to donate to them, simply cut out the blue star field from the rest of the flag and mail it to them, and give the stripes to your local American Organization (VFW) for proper disposal. Learn more here: http://www.starsforourtroops.org/.
The Correct Method of Folding the US Flag
Fold the lower striped section of the flag over the blue field.
Folded edge is then folded over to meet the open edge.
A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.
Outer point is then turned inward parallel with the open edge to form a second triangle.
Triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in the triangular shape with only the blue field visible.