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Ceremony demonstrates proper disposal of US flags

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Tattered flags are burned in a respectful service. Tattered flags are burned in a respectful service.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

During Flag Day ceremonies Friday, a demonstration took place to properly dispose of tattered American flags.

US Flag Code, Title 4, Chap. 1, Sec. 8(k) states that "the flag, when it is in such condition that it is not longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

The North Alabama Young Marines held a flag burning ceremony Friday evening. This is a very respectful and official way to dispose of the flag. Worn flags were folded, saluted, and then placed in a barrel to burn.

 "It's very important to show proper relief so we can just properly dispose of them," explained Gunnery Sgt. Blaine Brown. "We know that all of our fallen soldiers give the ultimate sacrifice and that it's not in vain. It shows how proud we are to be free."

The flag was officially adopted on June 14, 1777. Congress chose June 14 as the official Flag Day in 1949.

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