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Flag retirement bin placed at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Vice President of the Children of the American Revolution, Chloe Woodbury, 9, retires a flag into a retirement bin Saturday at the Douglas County Museum.
Brad Coman |

When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled and in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag.

Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center became a retirement center for veteran flags Saturday by the Children of the American Revolution (CAR).

“Proper respect and care for the flag of the United States of America is important,” said 9-year-old Peter Woodbury, State President of CAR. “It is a symbol of our freedom.”

The United States Flag Code provides specific instruction for the proper retirement of the American flag. There are several ways to respectfully dispose of the American flag without showing disrespect, said Stacy Woodbury, Senior State President, CAR Nevada State Society.

“One way to respect the flag is to collect and retire old flags by placing them in a recycle bin at specific locations,” she said.

Woodbury said CAR has already placed five bins across Nevada and part of CAR’s goal is to place more for convenient disposal of flags within communities.

“We have three in Carson City, one in Boulder City and one in Las Vegas,” said Woodbury. “It’s nice to know there are ways people can retire their flags.”

Johnson C. Fremont Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) partnered with CAR in sponsoring and collecting flags at the museum.

“We are proud to partner with CAR on the placement of the flag retirement bin,” said Diana Scott of the John C. Fremont DAR. “ We appreciate the support of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in allowing us to place this flag retirement bin.”

The public is invited to deposit flags into the bins to ensure proper retirement.

The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution was founded in 1895 and is one of the oldest patriotic youth organization in the country. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution.

“We educate children in American history and develop leaders,” said Woodbury.

For more information, visit nscar.org.