One of the many programs sponsored by the American Legion is
education about flag etiquette. Indeed, the American Legion was
instrumental in convening the National Flag Conference in 1923 and
the establishment of rules of civilian flag courtesy that later
became the basis of the U.S. Flag Code (Title 36, U.S.C. Chapter 10)
adopted by Congress in 1942.
The American Legion does extensive education work to promote proper
display and use of our national standard. A booklet is produced by
the national headquarters that can be very useful to the public when
faced with decisions about proper display of the flag and flag
Unfortunately, flags that are used frequently for display,
particularly those displayed in outdoor settings, do not have an
indefinite service life. When the flag becomes worn and unserviceable
its disposal should be correct and dignified. The proper disposal is
by burning, done with appropriate honor and recognition paid to the flag(s) being burned.
Post 49 conducts a dignified disposal ceremony for unserviceable
flags each year at our headquarters on Cloverleaf Drive in Athens.
The ceremony is outdoors and usually conducted in the summertime.
This is an educational opportunity for young people and for all
others to show their reverence and affection for Old Glory. The
public is invited to view our ceremony. If you are interested in
attending then we suggest you check our calendar tab on this site
for the scheduled date and time.