Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
1.1 How do I properly dispose of my American flag?
The key for proper flag retirement and disposal is respect. If you would like to retire the flag, machine wash it (if not too weathered), fold it and put it in a plastic or wood case.
FYI - It's disrespectful (per the flag code) to keep a poor quality flag flying but with respectful dismantlement and a ceremonial burn, you will be within proper flag disposal protocol.
When it's time to dispose of your flag, here are a few good options:
- Contact your local VFW or Boys' Scout Troop to see if they are accepting flags. Local chapters usually conduct flag retirement ceremonies a few times a year.
- You can symbolically dismantle them yourself by carefully cutting out the starfield and then cutting down the stripes so it can no longer be flown. Then the pieces can be kindly burned in a campfire or thrown away.
- Create your own flag retirement ceremony and burn it in a campfire.
We do recommend burning the flags outdoors since the nylon releases fumes. It is best to be done in a well ventilated area.