Flag Disposal

  1. The flag should be folded in the customary manner. You can review the video below on how to properly fold one.
  2. If you are unsure about these next steps, contact your local VFW or take the flag to them. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag. You do not need to build a large bon fire, just one large enough to get the job done completely. If you live in a city, please take to the VFW, do not do it yourself.
  3. Place the flag on the fire. If others are in attendance, please ask them to remove their hats and to be silent.
  4. The individual(s) should come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection. Anyone who has been in the Boy Scouts or have served in the military knows what it means to come to attention. Silent, Straight back and arm. Attention given to the flag and the ceremony, not Facebook on the iPhone.
  5. After the flag is completely consumed by the fire, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried. We normally look for an oak tree to place them under. Any place in the earth will do. Please do not put them into a garbage bag. The ashes are to be returned to the earth.
  6. Again, make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances. If you have a question, contact your local fire department directly, not via 911.