questionshow have you disposed of old, faded flags?


I'd cut it up and make some patriotic rags.

I mean you probably bought it from Walmart and it was more than likely made in China.


Call your local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter; they often take in old flags and hold periodic ceremonies in which the flags are burned. In some communities, Boy Scout troops also provide this public service.


@magic cave: Agreed, I always take mine to the local VFW. Just be careful how you take it down and fold it. If you are unsure, give them a call and they will send a person over.


The VFW or American Legion are the way to go.


@atd15: Will it blow up if you take it down or fold it wrong?


The local VFW chapter takes our old flags.


seems like the vfw is the place to retire old glory


The US government has a Flag Code that specifies exact materials, colors, dimensions, etc. for official government flags that fly over government buildings, on ships and on military installations. You aren't likely to have one of these unless you received the one used at a military funeral or one retired from use from a government building. These should be disposed of by burning (or give to a Scout unit for use in a flag disposal lesson/ceremony) - or by removing the canton (blue starry part) from the field (red/white stripy part), folding the parts into a box, and burying the box.

The vast majority of the "flags" in use are simply mass produced, and do not necessarily conform to size, color, or materials used in official flags. So when is a flag not a "flag" at all? Does that little 4" paper flag on a stick require the same care in disposal as an official flag? No. Metal lapel pin? No. The one you bought to use on your home flag pole? Probably not, but it doesn't hurt.


@adadavis: So could he make rags out of it?


@iggz: Yup. If it isn't an official U S Flag, then it is a flag replica, and you can dispose of it how you please.*

*Not responsible for any damage to your person/dignity/well-being from uneducated law enforcement personnel who do not understand the difference between an official flag and a replica.


Chiming in to agree with the BSA idea. Contact your local Boy Scout troops, they'd probably be happy to help, and the retirement ceremony fits perfectly with the organization.


I do remember as a Boy Scout in the early 90's we had a ceremony and burned an old flag at camp while singing America the Beautiful. It seemed really strange to me at the time because there was still a lot of negative flag burning stories in the news at that time related to the Gulf War and Cold War.


Speaking from a purely practical economical and ecological etc standpoint, there are people who actually need flags to burn for various political purposes.

Assuming your flag is a mass produced flag that is probably made in China, and that you have some political belief that aligns with someone who burns flags to make that political belief, you could donate it to them and it would be one less flag being burned (which is not the greatest thing for the environment, especially depending on what it's made of) and one less flag purchase from China

Ok granted, if you hang a flag 365 days a year, you probably don't agree with the people who burn them for political reasons. Or even if you agree with their politics, you don't agree with the flag burning part. I'm just saying that if there is, yay for everyone.

If not, get cookies from the boy scouts in exchange for helping them with their flag burning patch.

@everyone who's voting this down...not even a little funny?


At some point in elementary/middle school we learned about proper flag handling, displaying, and so forth. As an adult, I've never owned a flag large enough to fly. In part, that is because I'd feel nagged by my own thoughts to "do it the right way" which is great in theory, but more time than I have to devote to displaying a flag in daily life. To those who can and do, good job. I don't judge those who leave their old flags out well past faded, tattered, and forgotten, but it does make me somewhat sad to see them.

For disposal, burning is the way to go. I'd likely feel a bit odd about doing so personally though, and would likely seek out the boy scouts, or local VFW to see if they had a program to collect old flags and burn them in an honorable fashion rather than in a fire pit in our driveway.


@iggz: Thanks for assuming. I live in Minnesota, and all flags sold here must be made in the USA.

Go troll somewhere else.


@tsfisch: You're welcome.

Go don't troll somewhere else, crybaby.


It's kind of ironic to ban the purchasing of a product in America "Land of the Free", especially the American flag. It kind of defeats the whole purpose. But you seem pretty proud!

Must be a very liberal state to let some BS law like that happen.

A politician wanted to look good, and the people were like DURRRR OKAY!


I think the law is pretty pathetic and obviously political showboating.

I don't need the state deciding which flag I can buy, but I guess the simpletons of Minnesota need the extra help.