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NatalbanyTigerFan
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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?







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


good question


I have always just stored them away






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Tigerfan7218
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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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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?





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318bornTiger
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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.





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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
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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!






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Tigerfan7218
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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
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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.





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


Burn the motherfricker.





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


supposed to burn it for real





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rompus
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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.







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lsu6294
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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
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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.






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NatalbanyTigerFan
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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.







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318bornTiger
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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
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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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