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Every Day is Flag Day in Crofton Maryland

June 14 is Flag Day, a time for celebrating and respecting the American Flag and its history.  That is something we do every day here in Crofton, where American Flags fly over Crofton Parkway year-round.

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But let me ask… What happens to American flags when they get faded, worn or torn?  Do Crofton families know what to do with their old flag when they replace it with a new one?

Local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VOW) sometimes have flag disposal days, as a public service, but you may want to know what the proper protocol is to do it yourself. 

An American flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.  The VFW website provides these guidelines:

1. The flag should be folded in its customary (tri-fold) 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.
7. The individual burning the flag is responsible for disposing of the ashes, preferably by burying them.

If you have any questions about flag disposal or anything else related to the American flag, you’ll probably find the VFW website to be a great resource.

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