Eureka American Legion O'Brien Post 177
2013 Flag Day - Flag Retirement Ceremony

A small group gathered at Eureka City Hall to respectfully retire the unserviceable flags
collected from Eureka's residents during the past year.

The flags are destroyed by burning.

After an inspection of the flags' conditions,
Commander Schulte ordered they be honorably retired from further service.

Showing Respect for the Flag

The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937. The ceremony has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since that date.


How To Dispose of A Flag

  • The U.S. Flag Code suggests that when a flag has served its useful purpose, “it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.” For individual citizens, this should be done discreetly so the act of destruction is not perceived as a protest or desecration.
  • Post 177 conducts disposal ceremonies of unserviceable flags, especially on Flag Day (June 14). Such ceremonies are particularly dignified and solemn occasions for the retirement of unserviceable flags.
  • Contact Post 177 for information about where to take your old flags for retirement.  We will be happy to properly retire your flags in our next disposal ceremony.



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