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Illinois Disposing of Worn Flags (subtitle)


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.

  1. The Flag should be folded in its customary manner. (VFW Members: See current VFW Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet or VFW Ritual book.)
  2. It is important that the fire be sizeable and of sufficient intensity to ensure completes burning of the Flag.
  3. Place the Flag on the fire.
  4. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the Flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
  5. After the Flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.
  6. Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.



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