The Flag Code -- the tradition of retiring a Flag. "The Flag, when it is in such condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
Out of respect for Our Flags, and all they stand for, I have chosen a way for these Flags that can no longer be flown, a way to gently continue on and still be useful in a new dignified way.
All Retired Flags are cleaned, photographed, folded, tagged with a #, the date folded and recovery location.
They are then ready to start a new journey, folded, looking their best, with scars and imperfections no longer the focus.
A new home is selected, to bring pride and honor to its new owner for hopefully many years to come.
Even though it is an honor to be burned in a dignified way, it is also an honor to find a new purpose, to continue on in retirement.
Flags are collected from local Fire Stations, Police Departments, VFWs, American Legions, as well as other local businesses and individuals.
Flags are never sold, and never cut up.
Once a recipient has received a folded Retired Flag, photos are posted on FB for the new owner to view.
"Just like these Retired Flags, we all have scars and imperfections, some mental, some physical, from military or not, but if you are breathing, you have a purpose or can find a new purpose.
To all the Wounded Warriors, Veterans with PTSD, or anyone battling your silent demons, please don't give up. Contact someone if you need help, you have a purpose. "
If you would like to donate your Retired Flag to this project please contact me. I would love to help find your flag a new home.
Flags that qualify for the project:
- stitched or sewn on stars (not printed)
- stars that are mostly intact (the condition of the stripes does not matter)
- cotton is preferred but nylon/poly is also accepted
- actual flags (no banners or decorations)
- U.S., States, all Military Branches & P.O.W., Native American Indian, Foreign Countries, (or if you have something different, please email a photo of your flag to make sure)
- Any condition, no questions asked.
Flags that don't qualify, are given to the local Scout Programs for the traditional disposal.
You can also request a Retired Flag. Any flags that are requested and need to be mailed, I ask that you cover only postage which can be paid by Paypal. Orders are on a waiting list, and will be filled when enough Retired Flags are available, . As of Jan 2017, 1400 Retired Flags have been given away to new homes.
Just like these Retired Flags, we all have scars and imperfections, some mental, some physical, from military or not, but if you are breathing, you have a purpose or can find a new purpose.
To all the Wounded Warriors, Veterans with PTSD, or anyone battling your silent demons, please don't give up. Contact someone if you need help, you have a purpose.
If having one of these Retired Flags helps remind you there is hope, and to not give up, or you would like to send a flag to someone you know, please contact us. The only cost is the postage.