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American Flags

American Flags are a proud symbol of our country and deserve proper respect when they can no longer be displayed.

Disposal Locations

For the proper method of disposal, please go to http://www.vfw.org/Community/Flag-Education/.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Many Veterans of Foreign Wars posts also conduct ceremonies for flag retirement. To find a post near you, call 916-449-8850.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America also conduct ceremonies for flag retirement.

Additional Information

Flag of the United States, popularly called the American flag, is the official national flag of the United States. It consists of 13 horizontal stripes, 7 red alternating with 6 white, and in the upper corner near the staff, a rectangular blue field, or canton, containing 50 five-pointed white stars. The stripes symbolize the 13 colonies that originally constituted the United States of America. The stars represent the 50 states of the Union. In the language of the Continental Congress, which defined the symbolic meanings of the colors red, white, and blue, as used in the flag. “White signifies Purity and Innocence; Red, Hardiness and Valor; and blue, Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.” Because of its stars, stripes, and colors, the American flag is frequently called the Star-


This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information.  If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact Waste-Approval@rivco.org or call (951) 486-3200.

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