It's Flag Day and if you want to swap out a tattered or worn American flag, there are several ways to dispose of it properly. Is one of the respectful ways to dispose of the stars and stripes burning it? The answer is yes but there are rules you will need to follow.

How Do I Properly Dispose of a Worn or Tattered American Flag?

There are a few ways you can do this. If you wish to get rid of it yourself, follow these steps according to the Country Living website in conjunction with the Department of Defense.

If the flag is currently flying, respectfully lower it and remove it from the pole. 

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After lowering the flag, fold it in the customary triangular manner.

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Build A Medium-Sized Fire in a Safe Location

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The fire has to be the proper size so that the heat will fully burn the flag without leaving any of the worn or tattered American Flag intact.

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While the flag is burning, you are to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Finally, once the flag is completely incinerated, put out the fire completely.

What if I Don't Want to Burn My American Flag? Is There Somewhere I Can Donate It?

Yes! There are flag disposal locations throughout New York State. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars or VFW Posts, American Legion locations, and Boy and Girl Scout organizations will accept your tattered and worn American Flags. Many locations have these bins inside their posts.

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Every Country Artist Performing In Upstate NY In 2024

It is going to be another big year of Country shows in 2024, and here is a complete list of artists already scheduled to perform in the year ahead in the Capital Region and all over Upstate New York. Dierks Bentley, Hardy, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, Tim McGraw, and so many others are already on this list! Don't miss your favorite Country stars - keep checking back here as we will be adding lots of shows in the weeks and months ahead.

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff

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