Our flag was looking really bad. Like not only embarrassing for us, but against the rules for using it anymore. Did you know there are rules for flying your American flag? When you can and can’t, how you should and shouldn’t and how you should properly retire it?
So, a couple weekends ago, I bought a new American Flag for the front of our house. Mr. Serious took down the old flag and was getting ready to put it in the trash. “Noooooooooooo. You can’t put the flag in the trash. We have to dispose of it properly!”
I’m pretty sure the sigh was audible throughout the neighborhood. But, I wasn’t going to let him toss it, so I took to Facebook and Instagram asked if anybody knew a place I could outsource my flag “burial” or flag retirement ceremony. Turns out there are quite a few places you can take your flag that will handle it for you so you won’t feel guilty for doing it wrong.
A couple places/organizations mentioned:
- Local chapter of Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)
- Local Boy Scout Troop
- American Legions
- Fleet Reserve
- Local Military Installation
- Many local government buildings
- Public Libraries.
Who knew there were so many places to bring a flag to properly retire it? I knew that there was a ceremony and burning involved and honestly, I didn’t feel like I would do it right, so I outsourced. I brought our old flag to a neighbor who would bring it to a Boy Scout troop for it’s proper retirement ceremony.
I found a pretty nice concise list of other rules for flying your American Flag. One thing that’s not noted, the Texas flag can be flown at the same height as an American Flag. Gotta love Texas!
Have you ever attended a flag retirement ceremony?