The U.S. flag, our national symbol, should not be placed in the regular rubbish. When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner.

The American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Sojourners, and other organizations regularly conduct dignified flag-burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day (June 14). Locally, American Legion Posts and other clubs collect flags for proper disposal. Find a location.

You can also mail your tattered flag to a flag disposal organization, such as Flag Keepers.

The City of Euclid has an American Flag Drop Box, designed and built by Boy Scout Troop 161 for the proper disposal of American flags. Flags can be placed in the drop box at City Hall during regular business hours. Troop 161 empties the box and properly destroys the flags. 

Mayfield Village has a collection box for distressed flags in the Civic Center parking lot.

Orange Village has a U.S. flag drop box, open to the public the first Friday of every month from 7:00 AM-3:00 PM.

The Solon VFW has a drop off for distressed flags at 6340 Melbury Avenue.

For more information about care and treatment of the U.S. flag, read information on the United States Flag Code. See details about care and destruction of a State of Ohio flag.