Bismarck, ND - With the Fourth of July nearing, veteran groups say if you have a flag that's tattered or damaged, now is a good time to replace it. There is also proper etiquette for disposing of the old flag. Comments from North Dakota Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Lonnie Wangen (wahn-gen). Photo available of a "flag."
As North Dakotans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, the "Stars and Stripes" will fly across the state - but for some of those flags, it may be time for a replacement. State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Lonnie Wangen says if your flag is tattered, torn, faded or frayed, you should take it to a local veterans group.
|"I know that the VFW for one does that, and I think the one in Fargo and West Fargo here will in some cases actually replace your flag."|
The old flags that are turned in to the local veterans organizations are then disposed of in the proper ceremony through burning as set by the U-S Flag Code. For those flags that may be dirty or have small tears, washing it is appropriate and it's also acceptable to make minor repairs.
Wangen says the proper flag etiquette is important, especially when it comes to veterans.
|"Because many of those veterans have lost friends fighting for that flag, so treating that flag with respect is important because that's what their friends and our comrades have died for, for our freedoms."|