Collecting tattered American flags for retirement

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Worn and tattered American flags are being collected on this extended holiday weekend so they can be retired properly.

A Virginia waterproofing company called JES is collecting flags for a local Boy Scout troop.

The Scouts will hold a ceremony with a color guard on Flag Day, June 14th to properly retire them with a poem and a salute.

The flags will then go into a campfire.

Reid Hopkins with the American Legion says there are a few signs you should look for to see if your flag should be retired, "once the flag has been noticed to be unserviceable, and that's if it's faded far from it's original color or frayed on the ends or has visible damage."

Hopkins thinks the Boy Scout ceremony is a respectful way to dispose of your flags, "you can trust that your flag will be disposed of properly in a dignified manner."

If you have a flag you want to retire stop by JES' Chester location on 2410 Southland Drive.

They're open Monday thru Friday, from 8 to 5.

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