Disposing Of Worn U.S. Flags – Private Or Public Procedure
In August 2000, at the VFW 101st National Convention in Milwaukee, VFW delegates passed a resolution establishing a U.S. Flag Disposal Program for Posts to conduct privately or publicly.
The VFW feels individuals are responsible for maintaining the U.S. Flag in their possession, however, as a public service, some VFW Posts have special details assigned for gathering and disposing of worn national emblems. Some Posts may go further - they make gifts of new Flags to groups or provide information on how to order a U.S. Flag from the VFW Emblem and Supply Department.
SUGGESTED PROCEDURE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO USE IN PRIVATE OR PUBLIC FOR DISPOSING OF A TORN, SOILED, OR BADLY FADED U.S. FLAG.
- The Flag should be folded in its customary manner. (VFW Members: See current VFW Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet or VFW Ritual book.)
- It is important that the fire be sizeable and of sufficient intensity to ensure completes burning of the Flag.
- Place the Flag on the fire.
- The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the Flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
- After the Flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.
- Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.