What to do with the old ones that may be frayed, faded or soiled is spelled out in the Flag Code.
The Associated Press reports there is a drop-off box for old flags in Jonesborough.
Town Flag Committee Chair Ruth Verhegge (vur-HEG'-ee) said the Marine Corps Junior ROTC from Daniel Boone High School conducts a flag retirement ceremony each October. Old flags are properly burned on a bed of hickory coals and the ashes are then buried.
A Congressional Research Service report to Congress found the Flag Code specifies only that flags be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Flags to be retired are folded in the traditional triangular form.