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Posted: 9/10/2010 3:44:08 PM EDT
My parents have a flag that was from the coffin of a Veteran.

Long story, but we bought the house next to us and the flag was in the attic. All his family members are deceased.

What should we do with the flag.

I know there are organizations that "retire" flags.

Anyone know of one I can contact and send the flag to.


Thanks.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:48:01 PM EDT
Go to your local VFW or American Legion hall. They will be able to help you.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:03:22 PM EDT
You can burn it yourself. You just have to do it in a dignified manner.

"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:03:30 PM EDT
are you sure all the relatives are gone?

Nephews, nieces?

Or give it to a military collector so it can be taken care of

and put on display in remembrance. VFW most likely will burn it, properly of course.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:06:41 PM EDT
He didn't say it was damaged. Buncha flag-burners jumpin' the gun here

If undamaged there are probably lots of places that would take it off your hands if you didn't want to fly/display it yourself.

Since he doesn't have anyone else left to do it, keep it and fly on holidays.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:11:23 PM EDT
I agree with MACD. Keep it, you are doing the man an honor. Tell people about him and his flag if they ask.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 4:17:05 AM EDT
Thanks guys.

I may just keep it and fly it then. It appears to be in really good condition after 20 years of storage.

I didn't know if that was an acceptable option being that it was a burial flag.

Yes, I am certain that all his relatives are gone. The parents passed 20-25 years ago, maybe more. He and his 2 brothers never had children and they all passed within a year of each other 20 years ago.


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