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Flag Stewardship

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Show patriotism by properly retiring flags with honor.

Eagle Mountain Flag customers take their displays of patriotism seriously and with honor. We are proud to offer Flag Stewardship, making flag retirement easier and automatic. Sign up with the flags below and receive a replacement flag and prepaid retirement shipping when the old flag’s display life ends.

Included with Flag Stewardship:

  • Receive your first flag within 2-3 business days of initial order (availability will vary depending on stock and shipping options)
  • When the flag’s display life ends, you’ll receive the replacement flag and prepaid shipping to retire the first flag.
  • At the end of every flag’s display life, you’ll continue to receive replacement flags and prepaid retirement shipping.
  • You can update shipping and subscription options here using your account login. Pause or cancel your Flag Stewardship anytime.

Why Flag Retirement?

The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the national flag of the United States of America.

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

It falls on the sense of duty and patriotism of the American citizen to honor the Code.

Eagle Mountain Flag offers Flag Stewardship to carry on the traditions and patriotism of this great nation, The United State of America.

What does the Flag Stewardship Service entail?

Non-profit organizations, like the VFW, offer flag retirement services to the public. Eagle Mountain Flag and Flag Pole provides return postage and logistics to these flag retirement organizations. Proceeds from Flag Stewardship goes to postage, logistics, and support for the non-profit flag retirement organizations.

How do I know when to replace my flag?

According to Section 8k of the Flag Code, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If the flag has a small tear, someone skilled at sewing can repair it. Or if it's dirty, it can be washed. If that's not the case, here are some of the signs that your flag may be ready for replacement:

  • The colors have faded
  • Frayed edges
  • Permanent stains
  • Holes or tears beyond repair

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When it comes time to retire your flag, there are plenty of options, ranging from the VFW, Elks Lodge, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus or local Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops.

For example, Boy Scout guidelines say: “We simply need to ask ourselves if the manner in which we are retiring (destroying) the flag is dignified. If the answer is yes, then that method is perfectly acceptable.”

The retirement possibilities include:

  • Burning (some may not be burned because of the flag's material)
  • Burial
  • Recycling
  • Cutting into 4 pieces and disposal (once it's been cut, it's no longer considered a flag)