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Flag Retirement Program

Flag Retirement

We are often asked about the proper disposal of a worn American flag.

According to the United States Code, Title 4 Chapter 1, Section 8, "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."

We Want to Help Our Community Dispose of Flags Properly

Our family has created our community's first flag retirement campaign, appropriately named, "Retire Your Flag With Honor". When flags are no longer worthy of display, please bring them to us. 

We have drop off boxes at each of our locations, which are available for use 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Through a partnership with Feher Rubbish Removal, we have also installed a utility container at our Greece Location. This container is used exclusively for flag retirement and will ease the burden of Posts, VFW's, and other Veteran organizations when taking in large amount of flags.

When flags are available, we will cremate them with an honorably discharged Veteran or make sure they are properly disposed of. This is a fitting tribute to Veterans and it's a patriotic way to "retire" aged and tattered flags.

There is no charge for this service.

Flag Etiquette

The Flag

Should never be in the dark
Should not be used for any decoration in general
Should never be used for any advertising purpose
Should not be used as part of a costume, except as part of military, fireman or police uniforms
Should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, etc. placed on or attached to it
Should never touch the ground
Should be folded appropriately when stored
When a flag is no longer fit to serve, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner

Flying the American Flag

Raise the flag briskly
Lower it ceremoniously
Do not fly in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag
The flag can only be flown at night if properly illuminted, otherwise, it should only be flown from sunrise to sunset
The flag should always be allowed to fall free
Never fly the flag upside down except to signal an emergency



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