The Transylvania Times -

Proper Flag Retirement


August 2, 2018

During a recent trip to our county recycling site on Old Hendersonville Highway I talked with two fellow veterans: John, who was in the Marine Corps, and Adam, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. We started talking about my service in the Marines and my current service on the Transylvania County Honor Guard. I told them I was on my way to deposit a United States flag that was in bad shape and ready for retirement. Adam, who works there, said that he just found a flag that someone had thrown in the trash.

To those who do not know the proper way to retire a flag, it should never be put in the tra...

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