Properly Retire Your American Flag

I recently received this press release and thought that it was valuable information to pass on, since the whole purpose of my children’s picture book The Flag Keeper is to raise awareness of U.S. flag etiquette. If you can’t find a local VFW or American Legion Post to retire your worn out flag, here is a fantastic option. Here is the press release:

An illustration from The Flag Keeper, a patriotic children\’s picture book about American flag etiquette.

Please, don’t throw that American flag into the trash! Do you have a old, frazzled flag that’s no longer fit for display, that’s laying around your office or home and you just don’t know what to do with it? Then send it to us! We will properly dispose of it according to federal laws.

Who are we? Visit our website at for details about us and what we are doing to help veterans and our soldiers overseas, plus giving proper respect for ol’glory. See if we are worthy!

The Kitchen Table Gang Trust will retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags with full honors! Anything else is desecration!

Just send your flags to the not-for-profit Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866 and we’ll dispose of your flags in a proper and dignified manner with full honors and dignity pursuant to the United States Flag Code Section 8K (PL93-344), TITLE 36, CHAPTER 10, UNITED STATES CODE . The Kitchen Table Gang (formed over 16 years ago) is a “rag-tag” bunch of patriotic military types helping hospitalized veterans and our soldiers and Marines overseas with “Care” packages.

Our flag retirement ceremonies are held on Flag Day, June 14th each year and are conducted by MGySgt Daniel Kelley USMC and an all volunteer military honor guard with Eagle Boy Scouts assisting. The Kitchen Table Gang Trust also has a nationally recognized educational program for our young people and students, teaching them the history, traditions and respect for our national emblem.

When you send us a flag, please enclose a donation for this service which allows us to continue and expand our many patriotic programs. We do good things with your contributions (just ask any veteran or military service organization).

We are located at the junction of Highway 41 and Avenue 12 just down from the world famous red, white, and blue barn (with the fifty golden stars on the roof) on the way to Yosemite National Park.

As an alternative for our American Flag Retirement program, contact a veteran service organization for this service. Please, send us your flags!

For more information, visit the Kitchen Table Gang Trust at

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