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As Veterans Day approaches, Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory is collecting worn-out American flags to be used alongside the cremation of veterans in the future.

“Through this ongoing program, we are able to properly retire American flags all while honoring veterans," Owner and Funeral Director Mark Parrish said in a news release. "With the help of the community, we hope to give future veterans a proper tribute to thank them for the sacrifices they made for our freedom.”

The flag will be retired in a proper and dignified way, according to the release. 

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning, according to the United States Flag Code.

Community members can drop off their used or worn flags at any Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory location in Urbandale, Winterset or Adel. Caldwell Parrish requests that people entering their facilities to donate flags to wear a mask.

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