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HOW TO: Respectfully Dispose of an American Flag

HOW TO: Respectfully Dispose of an American Flag

Respect is shown for the American flag not just by its owners but also by law under the United States Flag Code. If a flag can’t be displayed correctly for any reason, it must be destroyed in a respectful manner.

What is the correct method to dispose of an American flag in a manner that is respectful? It does not matter if the United States flag is in good condition or if it has been severely damaged; ultimately, the day will come when it must be retired.

An American flag can be appropriately disposed of in three ways: burying, retiring or recycling.

But before you can accomplish any of it, you’ll need to know how to fold it into a ceremonial triangle. Here’s how:

Flag folding instructions

[SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC]

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