Re: Proper flag disposal
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 7 Apr 1996 00:03:57 -0500
I'm sure this topic has been discussed here before -- perhaps someone will
summarize the procedures for us.
In a recent search for "the way to retire flags" our pack found no single
way, and the best reference is in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) "Flag
Code," which offers a little elaboration on the federal law governing use of
the U.S. flag.
Here is what you find in the law, in Title 36 of the US Code, section 176:
"(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting
emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by
Basically, the retirement should be dignified. It may be done in private or
in public. But it must be dignified.
Since the requester is on America On-Line, I should note that if you use the
keyword "Scouting" (Go Scouting) you will find a library of items that
includes several flag retirement ceremonies. You may want to review the chat
There is a Scout publication on flag etiquette available from your council
for $6.50 ("Your Flag," listed in the most recent catalog we have as T33188).
Over the years this book has been one of the best sources I have found.
Looking at a few messages I've saved, I note that the topic has been
discussed here before. With luck, someone will have a compendium of the
topic . . .
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City