If you have had your American flag proudly flying for some time now, there is a possibility that it may have sustained damage. The flag could be ripped, frayed, or stained from being out in the elements.


Those who have pride in our country will not just simply throw away an American flag. While it is not illegal to do so, it is considered very disrespectful. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there is a proper way to dispose of an American flag with the dignity that it deserves.

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The American Legion passed a resolution in 1937 and is considered a ritual to this day nearly a century later. The approved method for disposing of an unserviceable flag is to fold it properly and destroy it by fire.

Trade in Your Unserviceable Flag Event in Northern Colorado

With a flag exchange event happening soon, you can also trade in your unserviceable American flag in Northern Colorado. Scheels will be partnering with the American Legion Post 15 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 41 to replace damaged, frayed, and faded flags with new ones.

The Scheels Flag Exchange event will take place at the Johnstown Scheels on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. During the event, damaged and unserviceable flags will be exchanged for a new flag for free. New flags will be limited to 100 flags for the event.

The old flags will be properly honored and respectfully disposed of by the American Legion Post 15 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 41. More information on the Scheels Flag Exchange Event can be found on the Facebook event page HERE.

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