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The process and tradition of properly retiring an American flag requires finding a disposal location in your area. At one of these locations (VFW, American Legion, others), your American flag can be properly retired with the respect and gravity that it is entitled. The retirement of an American flag is a time-honored tradition and one that carries a great significance. Taking your flag to one of these flag disposal locations will ensure that the traditions and ceremony are utilized in the flag’s retirement.

As a revered symbol of the United States of America, the flag demands the highest level of respect; and as such should be disposed of in a respectable manner. Provided below are steps to properly retire your own American flag if you are unable to locate a facility. These steps are in accordance with the United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k), Amended July 7, 1976).

Cecil County, MD:

  1. VFW Post 6027 Cecil County Memorial
    815 Turkey Point Rd North East, MD 21901
  2. VFW Post 8175 Elkton Memorial
    208 W. High St. Elkton, MD, 21921
  3. VFW Post 7687 Chesapeake City Memorial
    304 Basil Ave Ches. City, MD, 21915

New Castle County, DE:

  1. VFW Post 615 Jacob Ferdinand Speer
    1226 Old Cooches Bridge Rd Newark, DE, 19713
  2. VFW Post 838 Colonial
    15 W Market St – PO Box 5 Port Penn, DE, 19731
  3. VFW Post 3792 Sgt William Lloyd Nelson
    5695 Summit Bridge Rd Townsend, DE, 19734

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