Like any other object, a flag gets dirty, deteriorates, time is always finite to win this precious object.  The image that nobody wants to see is an old flag in a trash can or throw away anyhow!  While waiting to complete my text, I share this document with you. Here, we suggest burning your old flags in complete confidentiality with respect to these emblems that we all cherish.  If you've got a flag that's not in its best shape, maybe now is the time to refresh your memory on how to properly dispose of it.  The United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k) Amended July 7, 1976) states: "The flag, when in such condition that it is no longer an appropriate emblem for the display, should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by fire. Incineration is not the only way to get rid of a flag, however: Here are three ways to dispose of your worn or damaged flag with the respect it deserves.

1. According to veterans of foreign wars, the first thing to do is to properly fold your flag. If you are not sure how to fold a flag, you can get step by step instructions here. Once you have properly folded your flag, build a fire large enough that your flag burns completely. When the fire is ready, respectfully place your folded flag in it. If you wish, you can observe a moment of silence or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. After the flag is completely burnt, the fire should be completely and safely extinguished. Collect the ashes, then bury them.

 2. According to American Disposal Services, the correct way to bury your flag is to fold it up first, then place it in a decent box. You can then bury the flag, saying a few words if you wish.

  3. If you are worried that your flag will not burn or bury your flag properly, you can donate it to your local American Legion, Foreign War Veterans, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Each of these government organizations will have a ceremony to properly dispose of the flag, and they will do it for free.

The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living being. After making sure that your flag is no longer in good condition, it should be disposed of with all due respect.

See also: Rules for flying the National Flag of Canada

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