Americans have a strong connection to our flag. That’s why we take seriously things like displaying the flag, folding the flag and even discarding the flag.
Showing respect for the flag, and recognizing the service of those who’ve fought for it, is something WoodmenLife holds dear. We began our Patriotic Program in 1947, presenting American flags to community and non-profit organizations across the country. In 2018, we presented more than 250,000 flags. To date, we have presented more than 3.5 million flags.
When a flag isn’t being displayed, there’s a right way to prepare it for storage. Here are some instructions:
When the process is complete, only the blue union field is visible.
When a cotton or natural fiber flag is no longer fit for display as an emblem, through wear or damage, destroy it privately in a dignified manner, preferably by burning it. Dispose of flags made of nylon and other synthetic materials with the American Flags Express Inc. recycling service. A donation is required to cover the recycling cost. For more information, visitamericanflagdisposal.com or call 1-262-783-4800, ext. 11.
To arrange a proper flag retirement ceremony, contact organizations like WoodmenLife, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Boy Scouts of America.
So remember, when you display the flag, handle it properly, fold it correctly and treat it with respect.
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