Boy Scouts collecting faded and torn American Flags

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - On this holiday weekend people display the U.S. Flag perhaps a little prouder than on any other day of the year.

But a group of Boy Scouts from Broken Arrow want you to give them your worn out, faded and torn flags. They're spending the weekend making sure people understand how to properly retire a flag.

It’s definitely not the version of the U.S. flag you like to see as we celebrate our nation’s birth. But given enough time out in the elements, even Old Glory will start to show her age.

“The wind whips them, they come apart, the stitching comes undone, they fray. We’ve got some that were really faded; really brittle,” said Troop 3 scout master Scott Hawkins.

That’s why Troop 3 in Broken Arrow spent a few days this week taking worn flags off people’s hands.

“We’re collecting flags that have become torn, tattered, faded, that are no longer a good representation of our country,” Hawkins said.

The project is helping the scouts are learn about proper care of the American Flag. Part of that means understands that only flags in good condition should be on public display. When they become worn out, they should be retired.

“It’s a service we can do for the community to help people that don’t know what to do, or don’t have time, or need an opportunity to have their old flags retired in a respectful and proper manner,” Hawkins said.