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Tipton American Legion Holds Flag Burning Ceremony

The Tipton American Legion held a meeting the evening of Veteran's Day, November 11, 2021.  During their meeting they held a flag retirement ceremony to dispose of worn and damaged American flags.  Just as there are rules on appropriate display of the flag, there is specific etiquette on properly disposing of flags.

Rules on how to properly fly the flag were established in June 1923, when the National Flag Conference met in Washington. Its members created the Flag Code, which states that "the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." 

The American Legion passed a resolution about flag retirement ceremonies in 1937, and they've been an important ritual ever since. According to the resolution, "The approved method of disposing of unserviceable flags has long been that they be destroyed by burning."

The U.S. flag is considered such a sacred symbol that burning it in an undignified manner constitutes desecration. That's why the ceremonies are held in a specific manner.

The Tipton American Legion group burned over 60 flags on Veteran's Day evening in the ceremony. We appreciate the service of all Veterans who served our country!


Last Updated ( November 11, 2021 )