To respectfully dispose of an American flag in Kitsap County, you can follow the guidelines provided by the U.S. Flag Code. Generally, the flag should be retired in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. Here are the steps you can take:
1. Contact your local American Legion Post, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post, or Boy Scouts of America to inquire about their flag retirement programs. They often organize flag disposal ceremonies and will accept old flags.
2. If you are unable to find a local organization, you can dispose of the flag on your own following these steps. Begin by conducting a small, respectful flag retirement ceremony in your backyard or another appropriate location.
3. Start by folding the flag in the traditional triangle fold, keeping the blue field of stars on the outside.
4. Safely ignite a fire in a suitable fire pit or fireplace, ensuring it is in compliance with any local regulations or restrictions.
5. Hold a brief moment of silence to honor the flag as you gently place it on the fire, making sure it does not touch the ground.
6. While the flag is burning, you can recite the Pledge of Allegiance or another patriotic verse. Show proper respect by staying focused and attentive to the ceremony.
7. Allow the flag to burn completely, ensuring that no recognizable remains of the flag are left.
8. Once the fire has extinguished and cooled, collect any ash or fragments remaining from the flag.
9. According to the U.S. Flag Code, it is appropriate to bury the ashes in a respectful manner. You can either bury them in a designated area or place them in a sealed container and bury it.
Remember, the goal is to retire the flag with the utmost respect. If you are unsure of the proper steps, consider reaching out to a local veterans’ organization or scouting group for guidance on flag disposal in Kitsap County.