Re: RETIRING AMERICAN FLAG
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 09:27:17 -0400
Sharon K. and Norman D. Bunch wrote:
> David Garlitz requested information on retiring (burning) American
> flags presumably that are worn and in need of replacing. In our
> experience in addition to the military both BSA and the American
> Legion are the only other entities who can do so. Please contact
> your local American Legion Post for instructions and ceremony for
> flag disposal/retirement.
A Popular misconception, but WRONG.
Here is the official law on the subject:
U.S. Code Title 36.
Patriotic Societies and Observations
Sections Pertaining to the U.S. Flag
Sec. 176. Respect for flag
(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.
That's ALL the US Government has said about the subject. ANYONE can
retire a flag, in any manner, so long as its done in a dignified manner,
although a dignified burning ceremny is the preferred method.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office
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