(Last Updated: 5/9/2019)

The US Flag Code states “The 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.”

Contact the following organizations to inquire about retiring American flags, state flags, POW flags, and flags of other nations.


An outdoor flag can be laundered in a mild detergent, either by hand or using the delicate setting on your machine, and rinsed thoroughly.

Indoor flags and those used in parades should be dry cleaned. Some dry cleaning businesses offer free dry cleaning of American flags during the months of June and July.

Flags can also be repaired so long as the dimensions of the flag are not distorted or noticeably altered.



Flag Retirement Ceremonies: Multiple organizations retire American flags as a service to our community. Contact your local chapter of the following organizations to inquire: American Legion, VFW, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Eagles FOE.


Flag Drop Boxes: You can bring worn-out American flags to the following drop boxes:

Lowe's - Port Orchard
150 SE Sedgwick Rd. Port Orchard, WA 98367
360-329-3000 | Website | Map
American Legion Post #30
615 Kendall St. Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-908-7319 | Website | Map
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #239 Flag Collection Box
190 Dora Avenue Bremerton, WA 98312
 | Website | Map
Ace Hardware-Bainbridge Island
635 High School Rd NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-9901 | Website | Map