KAREN LAGRANGE COX
When an American flag is no longer in good condition, it should never be thrown in the garbage. According to part of the United States flag code §176. Respect for flag, “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.” The code also states proper respect should be given to the flag of the United States of America.
There are two ways of disposing of the American flag. The preferred way of disposing of a flag is by burning it in a ceremonially manner, however burning it could be dangerous. If the flag is nylon or polyester, the smoke the burning of these flags contain chemicals that could be potentially harmful to a person’s lungs.
The second option for disposing of a flag is to put it in a wooden box and bury it about two feet under ground.
The City of Broussard has recently setup an United States Flag Retirement Drop Box to dispose of a worn, ratty or torn flag. The drop box is located on the front porch of the Broussard City Hall at 310 East Main Street in Broussard. From there, the flags will be properly disposed.