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U.S. Flag Retirement

The United States Flag Code, 4 USC Ch. 1 §8(k), states, “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 by burning.”

  1. The flag should be folded in its customary 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.

Mountain House Troop 511 Eagle Scout C. Ethan De Castro installed a dropbox for retired U.S. flags in front of Mountain House Fire Station 16-1 as part of his Eagle Scout Project.  Members of MH Troop 511 will periodically empty the dropbox and ensure that the flags are properly retired in ceremony.  Thank you Ethan and MH Troop 511!

May contain: furniture, mailbox, and filing cabinet
Flag Retirement Dropbox donated by Eagle Scout C. Ethan De Castro