Informer: VFW, American Legion posts can properly dispose of American flags

Published 6:55 pm Sunday, September 5, 2021

Where can I take an American flag that needs to be retired?

As a revered symbol of our nation, the flag demands the highest level of respect; and as such should be disposed of in a respectable manner.

The tradition of properly retiring an American flag can be conducted by area VFW and American Legion posts.

Provided below are steps to properly retire your own American flag if you are unable to locate a facility, according to the National Flag Foundation. These steps are in accordance with the United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k), Amended July 7, 1976).

Build a medium-sized fire in a safe, approved location. The fire will need to have reached a proper size and level of heat so it will fully burn the flag without leaving any remnants of the flag intact.

If the flag is currently flying, respectfully lower the flag and remove it from the pole. Fold the flag in the traditional triangle fold.

Place the folded flag on top of the fire, being careful to not injure yourself. Watch the flag to make sure it is fully incinerated

While the flag is in the process of being burned, observe the flag with respect and reverence.

While the flag is being incinerated, recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Once the process of burning the flag is complete and no part of the flag remains, safely put the fire out completely.

Connect program

How I find out which shelter my cousin, who lives in LaPlace, was evacuated to after Hurricane Ida?

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services offers the Connect program — a way for families to locate loved ones who evacuated from Hurricane Ida to a state shelter.

The number to call is 225-342-2727. Families can fill out a form online to reach out to loved ones who may be in state congregate shelters. The form is at http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/form/dcfs-connect.

Informer is written by Crystal Stevenson, American Press executive editor. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.