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Flags have powerful meanings and carry the emotional and historical significance of the nation or organization they represent. To ensure that your flag lasts as long as possible in its best condition, proper flag care is essential. Here are some guidelines for maintaining and caring for your flag:
Weather Considerations: Inclement weather can be harsh on flags. During storms or high winds, it's advisable to lower and secure the flag. If a flag becomes wet, allow it to dry thoroughly before storing to prevent mold and mildew growth. Avoid exposing flags to prolonged sunlight, as it can cause fading and deterioration.
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Flag Retirement: Unfortunately, flags don’t last forever. When they become tattered, faded, or damaged beyond repair, they should be retired with dignity. Kronberg’s offers free flag disposals for flags bought from us (and a small fee for flags that were not purchased through Kronberg's), and organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars offer proper flag retirement ceremonies.
By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your flag receives the care it deserves. Preserving your flag’s symbolic integrity and honoring the values it represents is part of flying your flag proudly. Proper flag care demonstrates your respect for its symbolism, and your flag will last as long as possible!