According to Ellen Wedner of the American Flag Foundation, its considered okay to burn an American flag as long as its soiled or ragged beyond recognition.
She says many chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will happily burn your old flag free of charge or you can use some good ol American gumption and do it yourself.
The proper way is to light the red and white stripes first and then burn up the blue patch.
But before you send the Stars And Stripes to the incinerator, you can always give it another chance by washing it by hand, hanging it on a clothesline or sending it to a dry cleaner, which Wedner says will typically dry flags for free or at a discount.
One more thing: Referring to your activity as flag retiring, not flag burning is the best way to avoid getting patriotic types all hot and bothered.
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