KANSAS CITY — Is the American flag you fly on national holidays looking tattered and torn? Have you decided it’s time to dispose of it but don’t really know how? Muehlebach Funeral Home, Passantino Brothers Funeral Home and the Catholic Cemeteries of Kansas City-St. Joseph will offer a disposal ceremony at 2 p.m., July 21, in the Legacy Garden at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City.
The Legacy Garden will be a permanent memorial to those who have served our nation as well as to those who served us locally as police, firefighters and first responders.
The flag is an emblem of the United States and as such should not be just thrown away. The United States Flag Code states, “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The retirement and disposal ceremony will follow the code’s guidelines.
If your flag is damaged or badly worn, and you would like it to be properly disposed of, you may bring it to the ceremony. You may also drop it off in advance at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Avenue, Passantino Brothers Funeral Home, 2117 Independence Blvd., Mt. Olivet Cemetery, or Resurrection Cemetery, 5001 NE Cookingham Road, all in Kansas City.
If you have any questions, please contact Joe Harris, director, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, (816) 353-1900, or Steve Pierce, director, Muehlebach Funeral home, (816) 444-2060.