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Many people wonder what to do with their tattered, worn out American Flags and are unsure of the proper way to retire and dispose of the American Flag.

The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states-“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Flag Retirement is the term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags that are no longer fit to serve the nation.

We have put together a list of appropriate procedures for retiring American Flags, as well as a list of sites local to Metuchen where you can bring your old American Flags for proper disposal.

Remember Respect - How to Retire the American Flag

For generations, Americans have practiced the tradition of retiring our nation's flag with reverence and respect. All locations listed below follow the same traditions and standards for retiring an American Flag.

Proper procedure for retiring an American Flag includes the following, according to US Flag Code:

In a safe and approved location, built a medium-size fire to burn the flag without leaving flag remnants

1. Lower the flag respectfully and fold according to standards (the triangle fold) 

2. Lay the flag atop the fire

3. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and observe the flag with reverence and ensure that the flag has been fully incinerated

4. Put out the fire completely

Locations for Proper Disposal of the American Flag

Distance Post Contact

~ 0 mi.

Fugle-Hummer, NJ Post 65

17 CALVIN PL
METUCHEN, NJ 08840

Phone:732-321-9594

~ 2 mi.

Clara Barton, Inc., NJ Post 324

156 BROWER AVE
EDISON, NJ 08837

Phone:732-225-9824

~ 2 mi.

William F. Grund, NJ Post 479

MENLO PARK VETERANS HOME
132 EVERGREEN RD
EDISON, NJ 08818

Phone:732-494-7066

~ 2 mi.

Father And Son, NJ Post 435

43 OAKLAND AVE
EDISON, NJ 08817

Phone:732-985-9768

Richard's Message on Retiring American Flags

Richard Menziuso would like to make it even easier to retire and replace American Flags, and to find ways to bring the community together to honor and respect our nation's flag.  It is his aim when elected as a member of Boro Council, to bring more collection sites to our neighborhoods and to create Flag Retirement Ceremonies that give neighbors the chance to come together in the spirit of our country and its most revered symbol.


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