EASLEY — Faded, worn or otherwise unserviceable flags can now be dropped off at the offices of The Easley Progress and The Pickens Sentinel thanks to American Legion Post 52 providing the office with a flag retirement box.
Anytime during office hours, the public can drop off their tattered flags, knowing that Old Glory will be retired in a dignified way by Legion members in one of the several flag retirement ceremonies the Post holds each year.
The American Legion has been conducting flag retirement ceremonies since the Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags was outlined in Resolution 440, which was passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York in September 1937.
According to the Flag Code, adopted by the 77th Congress in 1942, when a flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Along with guidelines detailing the proper disposal of flags, a litany of rules and regulations are outlined in the code covering all the dos and don’ts of proper flag etiquette.
For instance, despite what you see on political signs, the flag code states that “the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.”
The code also stipulates that the flag “should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.”
Flags are meant to be displayed only from sun-up to sundown and if your flag waves throughout the night, it is supposed to be adequately illuminated.
The flag should not be used as a costume or athletic uniform but it can be attached to the uniforms of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of “patriotic organizations.” If a flag pin is worn, it must be placed on the left side of the chest, over your heart.
Despite popular belief, the code does not state that a flag must be destroyed if it touches the ground — although steps should be taken to prevent that from happening. There are also no regulations that prohibit washing and drying.
If after dropping off your unserviceable flag you find yourself in need of a replacement, swing by Post 52 on Pope Field Road to purchase a new one.
The offices of The Easley Progress and The Pickens Sentinel are located at 714 S. Pendleton St., Suite D, in Easley and are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.