Flag Retirement

Flag retirement with Veteran cremation

At the time of a veteran's death whose family has chosen cremation, we drape that veteran with an unusable flag. This allows for the retirement of a flag in a most dignified manner and honors both the veterans service to their country and the American Flag.   The last service for that flag was to drape the veteran in the cremation process. Unusable flags may be donated to the funeral home any day of the week.

Flag Etiquette:

  • Should never be in the dark
  • Should not be used for any decoration in general
  • Should never be used for any advertising purpose
  • Should not be used as part of a costume, except as part of military, fireman or police uniforms
  • Should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, etc. placed or attached onto it
  • Should never touch the ground when lowered and received into waiting hands and arms
  • Should be folded appropriately when stored
  • When a flag is no longer fit to serve, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner

Meet our U.S. Flag

On June 14, 1777, the United Stated Congress resolved "that the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new Constellation." After this was passed, our Flag looked different each time a new State joined the Union because a new stripe was added.  The flag soon required very tall flag poles, so on April 4, 1818, Congress enacted: "that from the fourth day of July next, the Flag of the United States be 13 horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 20 stars, white in a blue field, that on the admission of every new State into the Union, one star be added to the Union of the Flag..."

As states were admitted the position of the States were changed so that today we have stars in nine rows: five rows with six stars and four rows with five stars.




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