The only definitive answer is found in the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 8(k). It 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"
Cowboy...Even back when I was in the scouts, my explorer squadron had a tradition of each year collecting worn and torn flags and disposing of them by burning. It's been so long, I don't remember if it was done on Flag Day or July Fourth. We usually had around a half-dozen flags that came from schools,businesses and private individuals. We started the ceremony with the Pledge of Alliegence and the Star Spangled Banner, then a short speech and the flags were ignited. While they burned, Sousa marches were played on a record player -- remember those? -- and we finished with a recording of "You're a Grand Old Flag." The public was invited but usually only some parents showed up. Back then, of course, a lot of parents were WWII vets
I was always taught the suggested manner of destruction was the respectful burning or burying Old Glory. You might want to contact this scout troop and let them take your flag for proper, respectful retirement. It seems to me that these young men are being taught respect for the country and its institutions in a way that will stay with them as long as they live. I got out of the scouts in 1966, but I still have fond memories of the values instilled in me by Mr. McEntire.
Maybe we could of prevented this cowyboywrangler2008. If we only had a red light camera installed there...
wow this is amazing----i had always thought that burning of the American flag was disrespectful---i have a worn out flag in my closet for thirty some years and never came to my mind of burning it---i know theres a proper way to do it but i still strongly believe the American flag should never be burned--