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How to exchange your worn American Flag for a new one in Richmond

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Posted at 9:31 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 22:36:39-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A partnership between Woody and Nelsen funeral homes and the Virginia War Memorial is giving Richmonders an opportunity to trade in their old, worn out American flag for new a 3’ by 5’ flag.

The program started when staff noticed that residents were flying their flags all year round and didn’t know what to do with them once they got worn out.

“Our goal is to help Richmond area residents showcase their American spirit on Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July,” Lacyn Barton, President of Nelsen and Woody Funeral Homes said. “Our deepest thanks and appreciation go out to those who serve and have fought in defense of our freedom.”

“Disposing of a used American Flag in the proper way is not as easy as it sounds,” Barton said. “Many people are unaware or confused about the proper way to dispose of an old American Flag,” she explained, referring to the Flag Code of the United States which suggests that worn flags should be destroyed in a dignified way, ideally by burning.

The program aims to streamline the process and provide fresh flags while destroying worn flags according to the Flag Code.

Anyone interested in participating in the flag recycling program can be drop off their worn flags at any of the following Woody or Nelsen Funeral Home locations:

• 1771 North Parham Road in Henrico County

• 1020 Huguenot Road in Midlothian

• 9271 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville

Nelsen Funeral Homes are located at:

• 4650 South Laburnum Avenue in Richmond

• 412 South Washington Hwy in Ashland