We all know you're supposed to treat the American Flag with respect. Very few of us seem to know what that completely means unless you were a Boy Scout or military.

The Boy Scout Handbook says this about the American Flag, “as the symbol of America, it stands for the past, present, and future of our country. It represents our people, our land, and our many ways of life.

Boys Scouts of America has a whole page on Flag Etiquette. It includes displaying it correctly, folding it correctly, and disposing of it correctly. Their link for disposing of it takes you to the Veterans of Foreign War website which has stated some guidelines that include burning it after properly folding it. Most of us don't feel comfortable doing that.

Lucky for us, there are organizations and events that take care of it for us.

There is a SCHEELS Flag Exchange coming up on June 10th from 9 am to 11 am. You can bring your frayed or faded American flag to the Johnstown SCHEELS and they will replace it with a brand-new one, while supplies last.

SCHEELS is partnering with "American Legion Post 15 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 41 to ensure unserviceable flags are properly honored and respectfully disposed of."
There is a U.S. Flag Drop Box at the Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins if you're just looking to properly get rid of a flag.
The respectful way to dispose of the American Flag is as follows according to the VFW:

1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner.

2. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete 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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