Flag Day: Properly retiring your flags

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– On the 14th day of June, America honors Flag Day.

As much as Flag Day is about honoring our nation’s emblem, it is about giving the flag a proper disposal.

Once an American Flag has become tattered and worn out, federal law states that it must be properly disposed of.

That includes a ceremonial tribute to the flag, in which it gets cut into 13 strips, to represent the original 13 colonies.  Those strips are then respectfully placed in a fire.  The ashes are then buried after the Pledge of Allegiance is said.

Saturday, local veterans groups will be collecting your flags that need to be properly retired.  You can bring any flags you have that need to be properly retired to Kane Park in Westfield, from 9:30 A.M to 11:00 A.M.  The park is located just over the two Great River Bridges.

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