What do you do with old American flag?

For example ones that are ripped or no longer usable.
Answer:   If the flag is no longer usable, you hold a "flag retiring" ceremony in which the flag is burned after having the star field cut away from the stripes. This is the respectful way to do things.
You Burn it.
There's actually a "good" way to burn it.

Idk how though.
Take it to a local boy scout troop. They burn them properly every so often.
by all means fold it up and put it in storage...if you throw it out with the trash you could get in a lot of trouble. some people are very touch about "abusing" the flag.
you can take it to a photo frame place and get it framed. then put it on the wall for an antique patriotic look. =]
Call your local American Legion chapter. They hold ceremonies from time to time to retire old U.S. Flags in a dignified manner. Also the Boy Scouts will sometimes hold retirement ceremonies.
When the United States flag (Old Glory) becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be "retired" with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation's flag. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean that one should simply drop the entire flag (intact) into a fire.

A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. In addition, it is easier to completely incinerate the flag, if it is cut into smaller pieces. A flag should never be torn up like an old bed sheet. It should be cut up with scissors or shears in a methodical manner. The corners of the flag should be stretched out over a table top and someone should cut the flag in half, vertically (be careful not to cut up the blue star field (see the figure). Then, place the two halves together and cut them in half, horizontally. You will end up with four pieces of flag, one being the blue star field.
there is a respectful procedure for burning a damaged, old, torn, or touched the ground flag. you can contact any local military recruiting office, state guard office, or national guard office for the info.

if i remember correctly, the steps are (but you will most likely want to verify the info before doing any cutting/burning):
cut the blue field away from the stripes
cut the stripes along the seam between each stripe
burn
(info from Texas State Guard)


(my kids actually learned this over the weekend from a State Guardsman/retired military officer because they had a small flag that had accidentally touched the ground. they went through the steps with me to show me they learned to respect the flag.)


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