American flags retired for Flag Day - WDRB 41 Louisville News

American flags retired for Flag Day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Hundreds of American flags were burned in Louisville at the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. A special pit was built for the ceremony at the AMVETS Post 61 on Smyna Road.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, flags no longer fitting for display should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

During the burning, the flags can never accidentally touch the ground. Post offices collect the worn flags all year to retire on or around Flag Day.

"We started this about six years ago and on that first year we only got about 400 flags that we retired. This year, we've got a little over 6,600 flags, so as the years have gone on, we've increased this considerably," said Richard Curtsinger, Louisville Postmaster.

Flag Day is Monday.

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