Suggestions for Extending Flag Life from the U.S. government and Veterans organization

  • Remove flag during extreme high winds and gusts.
  • Keep the canvas header taut, by placing the snaps that hold the flag far enough apart.
  • Fly your flag only in the daylight hours. Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only 1/4 as long as one flown during day light hours only.
  • Regularly check your halyard for wear or other hazards.
  • Trim trees and eliminate other obstacles that may come into contact or in some way be a danger to the flag.
  • Purchase the correct flag for your pole size and conditions.
  • You should repair a flag only if you can fly it without the mended area showing and there is no distortion in the flag's shape or design. You should replace a flag that is tattered, worn, faded, or has water damage. A flag designed to withstand high winds is available in an open-weave polyester fabric.
  • Position the location of your flagpole to prominently show the flag and so it will not come into contact with other obstacles.
  • When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonious fashion, preferably by burning. The American Legion holds an annual ceremony to retire old or worn flags; contact your local chapter if you are not able to dispose of the flag yourself.

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