As North Dakotans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, the "Stars and Stripes" will fly across the state - but for some of those flags, it may be time for a replacement. State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Lonnie Wangen says if your flag is tattered, torn, faded or frayed, you should take it to a local veterans group.
The old flags that are turned in to the local veterans organizations are then disposed of in the proper ceremony through burning as set by the US Flag Code. For those flags that may be dirty or have small tears, washing it is appropriate and it's also acceptable to make minor repairs.
Wangen says the proper flag etiquette is important, especially when it comes to veterans.