Rep. Lipinski Introduces Resolution Calling for the Proper Retirement of Worn American Flags (June 19, 2015)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has introduced a resolution in the House supporting the respectful and dignified disposal of worn and tattered American flags.

“This past Sunday I flew the American flag on my house, as I hope many people did to honor our flag on Flag Day,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “The American flag stands for freedom and democracy at home and abroad, providing a window into United States history and government, and accompanying our men and women in the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their final resting place.”

Lipinski’s resolution calls on members of Congress to promote public awareness of flag etiquette, including the correct disposal of worn American flags.  The resolution urges House and Senate members to work with groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Boy Scouts of America to aid in the “respectful and dignified disposal of worn and tattered American flags in their districts and among their constituents.”

According to the U.S. Code, “The flag, when it is in such a condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be retired in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”  Congressman Lipinski’s offices in Chicago, Lockport, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park will accept worn American flags for proper disposal.

“If you’re looking for a replacement, my office in Washington can help constituents obtain an American flag that's been flown over the U.S. Capitol,” Rep. Lipinski said.  “Contact my office toll-free at 866-822-5701 to find out more information.  If possible, my office can accommodate requests for flags that are flown at a specific date or time.  Please be advised that requests cannot be processed more than one month prior to the date the flag would need to be flown.  I am happy to provide a flag free of charge if you are a veteran.”