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Proper Flag Disposal Ceremony Scheduled

The Lexington American Legion is hosting a Flag Disposal Ceremony on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., with the assistance of the local Boy Scouts. According to the U.S. Flag Code, any American flag that is worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair should be retired in a respectful and dignified manner. The preferred method is burning. This may shock some, since it is a well known fact that burning the flag is illegal. This, however, is an exception to the rule. In this case, burning signifies purification and rebirth. It is also acceptable to seal your old flag in a box or bag and bury it. The most important factor is showing respect to the flag during its disposal.

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