CHICAGO — Homeowners or businesses looking to properly dispose of tattered and worn flags are invited to a flag disposal ceremony hosted Ald. James Balcer (11th).
What's believed to be the largest flag disposal ceremony in the country will take place at 11 a.m. Friday — Flag Day — at 1439 W. 41st St. in the Stockyards Industrial Park.
Thousands of “unserviceable” flags from city-owned facilities will be included in the ceremony, according to a news release from Balcer’s office.
Those with faded or tattered American, City of Chicago and Prisoners of War-Missing in Action flags are encouraged to bring them to the ceremony, which will include an “honorable” burning.
Balcer, a veteran of the Vietnam War, will be joined Friday by wounded military personnel and members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department.
A provision of federal law states a flag, “when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”