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Plus, he was a dick......dick.


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Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:40 pm
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Disposing of a flag by fire is the proper and approved way as long as it's done respectfully. It can be a good way to wrap up a family camp fire.

The Elks Lodge requires all local lodges to hold a Flag Day observance on June 14 each year. Often the ceremony is held on the weekend closest to June 14. There is usually a flag retirement ceremony, often in cooperation with a local Boy Scout troop. I helped with one of these as an adult scout leader. We must have disposed of at least 230 flags in a special burn barrel kept for the purpose.

Any patriotic organization will take a worn American flag and insure it's respectful disposal. My first recommendation would be the Elks Lodge.


Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:58 pm
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I preferred to do it myself....it flew in front of my House for a long time, it was mine to take care of when the time came. :flag:
Just do it right and all is well.

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I folded countless numbers of flags during my stent in the military.
For two months while I was awaiting my unit to return from Reforger in Germany (77), I was stationed at Fort Logan, Colorado for burial duties. We had to always dress sharp, keep eyes forward & work in unison during the whole presentation service.
It was a very fulfilling Duty to provide a service to those that served their country. Sa you prolly know first hand that funerals are a time of grieving by the family's and sometimes was very very emotional.
There were a few times when we deviated from this rendition but only to have tears roll down our cheeks, never flinching or wiping them in public, we were very professional about our duties.

What an honor it must have been Jim, despite the difficulties. Thank you for your service.


Thanks, it was a duty I did not expect to perform but I am proud that I did.

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Give it to your local Antifa chapter. They'll definitely burn it for you. :wink05:

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Give it to your local Antifa chapter. They'll definitely burn it for you. :wink05:


I’d sooner have a frozen dish towel pulled through my urethra.


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I’d sooner have a frozen dish towel pulled through my urethra.


Disturbing. VERY disturbing.

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MadPick wrote:
Breck wrote:
I’d sooner have a frozen dish towel pulled through my urethra.


Disturbing. VERY disturbing.


I'm not sure which i find more disturbing....that, or this.

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Give it to your local Antifa chapter. They'll definitely burn it for you. :wink05:

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Let's just keep it simple. What do you do with a dead person?
Same two (common) options. Bury it, or cremate (burn) it. Either in a respectful manner... about the same as you'd do when burying or cremating a person.


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I've done it a few times myself.

Dig a hole in the back yard.
Put about a chimney full of lit charcoal in the bottom of the hole.
Place flolded flag (can be loosly folded for better air flow) on top of coals.
Say Pledge of Allegiance.
When flag is turned to ash fill hole back in.

Don't need a ceremony or a crowd. I was taught to dispose of the flag solemly and quietly with reverence.

I normally do it alone, but the last one I retired I had my son do it with me so he would learn the proper way.


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Unicorn wrote:
Let's just keep it simple. What do you do with a dead person?


Umm, I don't do anything with a dead person.

Do you dispose of a lot of dead people?


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Side-topic. I drive down a road, and there is a resident with a flag on a flagpole. It's been there a long time and is tattered. What is the etiquette to just showing up at their door with a new one? I'm guessing it's a 2x4? Not a 3x5 or 4x6. Hard to tell as I drive by. Am I crazy to just knock on their door one day?


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Side-topic. I drive down a road, and there is a resident with a flag on a flagpole. It's been there a long time and is tattered. What is the etiquette to just showing up at their door with a new one? I'm guessing it's a 2x4? Not a 3x5 or 4x6. Hard to tell as I drive by. Am I crazy to just knock on their door one day?


Nope, bring them a new 3x5 Flag, offer to properly retire the old one and then give them a Marlin Lever action.

They won't forget you. :thumbsup2:

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snozzberries wrote:
Side-topic. I drive down a road, and there is a resident with a flag on a flagpole. It's been there a long time and is tattered. What is the etiquette to just showing up at their door with a new one? I'm guessing it's a 2x4? Not a 3x5 or 4x6. Hard to tell as I drive by. Am I crazy to just knock on their door one day?


Nope, bring them a new 3x5 Flag, offer to properly retire the old one and then give them a Marlin Lever action.

They won't forget you. :thumbsup2:

Lol are you my neighbor?


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I've retired many flags with the Boy Scouts. If you have one and you are local I would be happy to take care of it.

As for a replacement, a local business that I have used many times is Flag A' Flying in Tacoma. This have helped me out with flags for our Boy Scout Troop and my personal flags. Plus I've sent a few to friends who have asked about them. One kit to put on your house is ~$100.

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