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The difference between flag disposal and flag retirement
Flag disposal is the process that begins after the flag has been removed from service because it is no longer a fitting emblem for display. There usually is a period of time for storage. Flag disposal includes getting the flag to the flag disposal site, preparing the flag, and ends when the flag is destroyed by fire in a proper retirement ceremony. Depending upon the tradition of the of flag disposing organization the flag ashes are buried and sometimes scattered.
Flag retirement is the final ceremony conducted when the flag is to be disposed of. Usually there will be several flags to be disposed of that have been stored for retirement by the organization conducting the ceremony. The US Flag Code 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."
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All of the flags we process are disposed of with dignity and respect after an appropriate flag retirement ceremony. The founder of the Flag Keepers, a retired U.S. Marine of 27 years, has many years of in-depth ceremonial flag experience that included developing a proper flag retirement ceremony, maintenance of American and military flags, and proper flag disposal procedures. Our proper flag disposal program is based on the U.S. Flag Code, proper flag handling techniques, maintenance, and ceremonial flag procedures.
The Flag Keepers organization is the only organization specifically dedicated to the tattered American flags from public display. Additionally we are here to answer questions about how to properly care for, maintain and display the American flag.