US Flag Retirement Law
Ronald W. Fox (us018956@POP3.INTERRAMP.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 17:49:12 PDT
Regarding recent posts asking about what organizations are authorized
to retire US flags, and what methods are to be used:
This thread has occurred before.
The following is the ONLY REFERENCE IN FEDERAL LAW regarding US flag
36 U.S.C. 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 burning.
There are NO OTHER RULES IN LAW regarding US flag disposal.
No organizations are either specially authorized to, or are restricted
from, disposing of US flags. No specific rules on cutting up, or not
cutting up the flag exist in law.
Various organizations have specific customs that they recommend to their
members. The B.S.A. is not one such organization. In previous threads
on this issue, we have seen that some units cut the flag up, and some
don't. I prefer the latter; to me, it smacks of dismembering a body
before burying it. But that's my personal opinion, and if someone else
believes that cutting up a flag before burning it satisfies the above
regulation, then they should go ahead and do it and ignore me. But
it's not required, nor is anyone required to follow the customs of some
other organization, unless they are performing the ceremony under the
auspices of that organization and have agreed to be bound by that
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