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NatalbanyTigerFan
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Member since Oct 2007
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Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?

I have had a 3x5 flag hanging under my patio for 10 years that just recently started tearing pretty bad. It is also faded out.

My wife bought me a new one that I put up in the old ones place. I have folded the other one up and put it in my shed,not knowing what the proper way to dispose of it is.

What do I do with the old one?


Walt OReilly
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Mi Patria
Member since Oct 2005
90321 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
good question


I have always just stored them away


Tigerfan7218
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Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2010
7903 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
:inb4giveittoBenjaminHaas:

Ok I'm kidding, I believe there is some website that tells you waht to do.


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Froman
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Member since Jun 2007
21436 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
Are you trying to get someone to tell you you are supposed to burn it?


318bornTiger
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NYC
Member since Feb 2010
1191 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
Fold it up and store it away. Maybe one day we will have more than 50 stars on the flag

ETA: LINK
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J Murdah
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re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
you dont, just let it hang until nature takes care of it.


SG_Geaux
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re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
LINK


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The only definitive answer is found in the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 8(k). It states: "The 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"
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NatalbanyTigerFan
LSU Fan
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
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Are you trying to get someone to tell you you are supposed to burn it?

Are you frickin serious?

It's a legit question!


Tigerfan7218
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2010
7903 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
I think most everyone knows you are being serious, just picked a bad night to post about replacing your flag with all the stuff going on at LSU tomorrow


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USMCTiger03
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2007
65966 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
Think you cut the blue field away from the stripes, cry a little, then bury.


ZZTIGERS
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Member since Dec 2007
11770 posts
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re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
Burn the motherfricker.


Thundercles
LA-Monroe Fan
Mars
Member since Sep 2010
1716 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
You can call up the Flag Keepers. They seem pretty into this kind of thing. Link to their site:

LINK


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NatalbanyTigerFan
LSU Fan
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
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Think you cut the blue field away from the stripes, cry a little, then bury.

I've actually thought about burying it at my FIL's gravesite since it was a gift from him. He was a decorated veteran with tours in Korea and Vietnam. But he's buried in Port Hudson and I don't think they would appreciate me digging into their ground.


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Hermit Crab
Gonzaga Fan
Under the Sea
Member since Nov 2008
5193 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
supposed to burn it for real


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rompus
Alabama Fan
Kentucky
Member since Jan 2010
556 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
American Legion, Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts all typically take flags in need of disposal.

I had the honor of doing many flag retirement ceremonies while Cubmaster a few years back.

We disposed by burning, but first, separated the field and the stripes, burned the white, then the red, then the blue, all while taps played softly.

When I did a flag retirement ceremony, if there was a dry eye in the house after it was over, I felt like I hadn't done my job.



lsu6294
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A house
Member since Jan 2009
4548 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
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you dont, just let it hang until nature takes care of it.


Don't do this.


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TheCaterpillar
LSU Fan
Nashville from BR via Oxford
Member since Jan 2004
43469 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
You burn it, but in an honorable way.

My dad has kept flags from his whole lifetime. I think he has about 8 or 9 now. Pretty cool collection. And like one poster said if there is ever more stars added, an old 50 star flag would be sweet to own.


NatalbanyTigerFan
LSU Fan
On the water somewhere
Member since Oct 2007
5816 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
quote:

American Legion, Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts all typically take flags in need of disposal.

I had the honor of doing many flag retirement ceremonies while Cubmaster a few years back.

We disposed by burning, but first, separated the field and the stripes, burned the white, then the red, then the blue, all while taps played softly.

When I did a flag retirement ceremony, if there was a dry eye in the house after it was over, I felt like I hadn't done my job.



318bornTiger
LSU Fan
NYC
Member since Feb 2010
1191 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
quote:

an old 50 star flag would be sweet to own.

yea this is what i was thinking. it would be pretty cool.


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Modern
LSU Fan
The State of Louisiana
Member since May 2011
11343 posts

re: Proper disposal of my weathered and torn 10y/o American flag?
I remember in boy scouts at our regional camp out they retired an old flag.

It was a ceromony. I remember them cutting slits in certain spots and burning it..this was years ago.


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