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Observe proper flag etiquette
“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting
emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably
— U.S. Code
The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will join forces with the La Grande American Legion post to hold a flag disposal ceremony Friday the American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St. This will be the second straight year that the DAR and American Legion will be conducting the ceremony, which involves burning the unserviceable flags.
Last year the DAR received numerous flags for disposition, so members thought it would be appropriate to hold another ceremony. However, members heard some complaints from people about the burning of the flags, assuming that the flags were being shown disrespect.
The fact is that the U.S. Code specifically says that when a flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display, that it “be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.’’
The American Legion as well as the VFW have created ceremonies for disposal of unserviceable flags. Both ceremonies lay out specific procedures. Friday’s DAR and American Legion ceremony will treat the flags with ultimate respect.
Anyone who has a flag that has seen its best days and is no longer fit for display might want to consider offering it to the DAR for Friday’s ceremony. It’s the appropriate way to dispose of our nation’s greatest symbol.