LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In honor of Flag Day on Friday, a ceremony was held to retire unusable flags in downtown Little Rock.

What many people don't know is that there is a proper way to dispose of or retire an American Flag. American Legion Department of Arkansas public relations specialist and Flag Alliance chairman Keith Dover said just burning a flag is a common misconception; it's about respect for our nation's symbol.

"It's so important for people to understand that you don't just throw the flag away. You turn it over to an organization, such as the American Legion, so that it's taken care of and done away with giving respect," he explained.

A group of Boy Scouts were on hand for the flag disposal ceremony, where they also learned about flag history from the American Legion.

Artifacts from the 9/11 Pentagon attack crash scene were also displayed to in addition to many other patriotic and military pieces. Questions about the American Flag were also answered and educational materials were handed out.

The ceremony was closed with the retirement of a 10' x 30' U.S. Flag.

To find out how you can turn a flag over to be disposed or learn more about the etiquette of handling a flag, you can visit the American Legion website: Or, contact your local American Legion Chapter.

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