The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states-“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Flag Retirement is the term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags that are no longer fit to serve the nation.
American Legion Buford Post 127 accepts flags ready to be retired, and periodically holds a retirement ceremony to burn the flags in a reverent and dignified manner.
Isn’t burning the flag an act of desecration and a sign of rebellion?
No, throughout history, burning or cremation has long been considered a dignified way of paying respect to the deceased and to objects worthy of veneration. Burning has been applied to flag retirement to offer the most reverent method of final tribute.
Where to take your flag(s).
The Legion maintains a flag retirement drop box near the front entrance to the post. It looks similar to a mailbox. You can deposit flags in the box any time day or night. However, in the event the box is too full, please do not leave you flag on the ground. Even when ready to retire, the American Flag should never be allowed to touch the ground!
If you are interested in attending a flag retirement ceremony, or have any questions, please contact us.