American Legion Offers Dignified Flag Ceremony

The Waxhaw American Legion Post 208 offers a dignified flag ceremony for old U.S. flags.

veteran holds destroyed U.S. flag

Most Americans know that the U.S. flag should be treated with honor and respect. However, if they haven’t served in the military or scouts, they may not know what to do exactly with a flag when it becomes old, torn, tattered, or faded.

According to the U.S. flag code, once an American flag is in a condition that renders it unfit to fly as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified way; the key words being “dignified way.” The Waxhaw post decided they would help their community with a little spring cleaning and properly retire any old flags people might have had.

Dignified flag drop off box

The post recently had two mailboxes painted that they used as drop boxes to collect the U.S. flags. Post commander James Grainger said they got so many flags they had to be periodically removed from the mailboxes and stored inside until the ceremony.

This will not be the first, or last, dignified flag ceremony they American Legion hosts. The last one they held turned into quite the extravagant spectacle! The color guard and Boy Scouts helped out, along with the Frontier Girls, and Legionnaires.

Grainger believes, “The key is to do it with reverence and respect.” He estimates that last year alone the post retired between 600 and 800 flags alone, which adds up to over 1000 since 2009.

Credit: Charlotte Observer

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