From Sea to Shining Sea

Posted on July 2, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

With Independence Day just days away, you may want to show your patriotism with hanging an American Flag on your doorstep. But what if the flag you have is a bit…worn? What do you do with it?

The U.S. Flag Code states, “The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning.”

Many Veterans’ organizations suggest burying the ashes as well.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but if I started a fire in my backyard to burn an old American Flag, the police might show up and the fire department would definitely show up.  I could wait till a cold winter’s night to have a proper ceremony in our fireplace, but then I would not be able to bury the ashes in the frozen snow covered New England ground.

So if you cannot burn and bury the flag yourself, then there are several organizations that will retire your flag in a proper and respectful ceremony. Among them are: VFWAmerican LegionBoy Scouts of AmericaGirl Scouts of America, and the Marine Corps League

Is it extra steps to take care of an old flag? Yes. However, as we celebrate the 4th of July, we are able to take those extra steps because of those that fought for our freedom.

If you would like to learn more about the flag and flag ‘dos and don’ts’, here are two websites with quick, easy-to-read, and interesting flag facts and tidbits. My favorite is the Flag Walk of Shame.

Flag Trivia and Flag Walk of Shame

Once again, many thanks to all who have served and are serving our country and the families that support them.  Special shout outs to my Dad, Captain R. Jeb DeLoach (USNR. Ret.) and my grandfather, William L. Thornton, USMC (WWII and Purple Heart) who passed away ten years ago this July 4th.


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