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Retirement of old US flags spelled out in code

Associated Press • Jul 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) — Some of the American flags to be flown over the Fourth of July weekend are new ones.

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.

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