We fly “Old Glory” in our front yard every day. Displaying the flag shows the pride and love we feel for our great country. Unfortunately, the harsh Texas elements (extreme heat, rain and wind) eventually take their toll on our US Flag, causing it to become faded, tattered and worn. About every six months we have to purchase a new one. The old one is properly folded, and set aside for retirement.
The government has specific guidelines on how to properly dispose of the US flag. It can’t just be thrown away. It must be retired properly, either by being burned during a dignified ceremony, buried in a dignified box, or respectfully recycled.
None of those options work for us, so we have had to rely on others to help us dispose of our old and worn flags. Fortunately, the local Boy Scout Troop has a retired flag disposal box where Friendswood residents can place their tattered and worn flags. The Boy Scouts collect the flags and dispose of them properly.
I took our most recent retired flag by the flag disposal box today. The box is located behind city hall, and it is very easy to just drive up and place the old flag in the box.
If you have an old flag that you need to get rid of, please dispose of it properly. You can call your local American Legion, or the local Boy Scout Troop for help on proper retirement of your flag. Those organizations can help you give “Old Glory” a respectful retirement.