A few days before Flag Day, a local church held a flag retirement ceremony.

A few days before Flag Day, a local church held a flag retirement ceremony.
The ceremony - which is the proper way to dispose of flags - was held at the First Lutheran Church, Neosho, on Sunday, June 10.
"We have several members of our church who are past military personnel, retired veterans, and on June 14 is Flag Day, so we traditional have a ceremony of retiring flags," Pastor Steve Gillmore said. "We do it out of respect and a rightful manner, through a worship service. It is just a prideful way, a respectful way to retiring these flags instead of throwing them in the garbage."

Proper way
The United States Flag Code outlines proper flag etiquette for everything from properly folding a flag to flying a flag correctly. It even describes in great detail how to retire an American flag respectfully.
The U.S. Flag code states that, “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.” Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it’s time for it to be retired.
The Veterans Department of Affairs suggests starting by folding the flag in a customary triangle manner. Then prepare a large enough fire space to sufficiently burn the flag completely. Next place the flag in the fire and while it burns, individuals at the ceremony should salute or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Finally, end the ceremony with a moment of silence and bury the ashes once the flag is completely consumed.
"I think that we had 65 flags that we retired," Gillmore said. "(The flag retirement ceremony) is very important to us as a people as God's creation. The country was founded on God's blessing, God's gift to us. This ceremony represents that to us a little bit and respect out of not only to the flag, but what God has in His people. We appreciate those who have served us and allowed us and died for us and continued to serve, we appreciate that wholeheartedly."
The ceremony was preceded by a potluck dinner and worship service.