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May 25

How to Properly Retire Your Flag

Posted on May 25, 2023 at 9:24 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Flag FinalThis Memorial Day you may find that the stars and stripes you display each year are looking a little past their prime. It is disrespectful to our country and our military to display or fly a tattered American flag. But would should you do with your flag that’s ready for retirement? If your flag cannot be repaired it should be taken to a U.S. flag drop off location. According to the United States Code, U.S flags should be disposed of in a dignified way, not in the garbage. They represent those who worked, fought, and sacrificed their lives for our rights and freedoms and should be treated with respect.

What can you do with your flag that is ready for retirement?

  • Drop off at the Ontario County Municipal Building at 20 Ontario Street, Canandaigua NY 14424
  • Take your flag to your local American Legion or VFW post. They will be happy to retire your flags in their next disposal ceremony.
  • Contact your local Boy Scout Troop to see if they accept flags for retirement.
  • Home Depot locations accept flags for respectful disposal.

Flags that are still usable can be donated to cemeteries and funeral homes for reuse.