When is it time to"retire'' your U.S. flag?
POSTED: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 12:06pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — Many people proudly flew the American flag on Independence day.
But, what do you do with your flag when it wears out?
When a U.S. or state flag is worn, torn or faded it's time to replace it with a new flag and respectfully burn and bury the old one.
"It will get shredded somewhat, naturally flying, it will fade from the sun that is when it's time to dispose of your flag," said Commander of American Legion Post 474 Steve Faught.
Faught says retiring an old flag shows respect to our veterans and our country.
"We are talking about our veterans and the things our veterans went through to bring our country into being. That flag is a living entity and maintaining a nice, crisp sharp looking flag is just respectful," said Faught.
Faught says the best way to properly dispose of a flag is to take it to a boy scout troop or any veteran organization.
Some East Texans know the proper drill.
"We give it to our local volunteer fire department who properly dispose the flag for us," said East Texan Ron Gramling.
To prepare a flag for disposal, it should first be properly folded in a triangle with the stars showing.
The flag then needs to burn completely, and the ashes need to be buried.
"It is a living entity that represents our country," said Faught.
Faught says they retire their flags in a ceremony.
They sing the Star Spangled Banner and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
"All in uniform, military personnel and out of uniform retired or current personnel will salute the flag and if you are not military you put your hand over your heart," said Faught.