Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States’ flag. As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America is to be shown the utmost respect. However, Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday.
The respect of the flag also extends to its eventual retirement. The United States Flag Code states, "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
If you have flags to be retired, the following organizations collect them for disposal:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the USA
- The American Legion
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- Marine Corps League
- Disabled American