Ensuring the respectful care of flags that should no longer be displayed

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Retiring Old Glory
Posted November 11, 2009, 10:59 a.m.
Staff Report

East Dallas shows its patriotism block by block, street by street, nearly house by house with the number of American flags unfurled throughout the neighborhoods.

From time to time, though, a worn and tattered flag, frayed at the edges, can be seen, which, even unintentionally, disrespects the flag and all for which it stands.

The city of Dallas, in conjunction with oldwornflag.com, conduct a flag retirement ceremony starting at 1 p.m., Nov. 14, at Flagpole Hill.

The event opens with patriotic music and an address by City Council District 10 Representative Jerry Allen. Service, veteran, and civic groups will participate before the retirement services commence.

American and Texas flags will be included in the ceremony, which consists of burning the Old Glories. Yes, burning is the proper method of flag retirement.

The first 50 Dallas residents to retire a U.S. flag receive a replacement from Betsy Ross Flag Girls Inc. Bugles Across America plays “Taps” at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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