Myth: A flag that has been used to cover a casket cannot be used for any other proper display purpose.
Fact: It can be used for any display purpose including on a flagpole.
Myth: The Flag Code prohibits the display of a U.S. flag of less than 50 stars.
Fact: According to the Army Institute of Heraldry, the U.S. flag never becomes obsolete. Any official U.S. flag, irrespective of the number or arrangement of the stars and/or stripes, may be displayed until no longer serviceable.
Myth: The Flag Code has penalties for violations of its provisions.
Fact: The Flag Code is a guideline for proper flag etiquette. There are no legal penalties for ignoring it.
Myth: You must destroy the flag when it touches the ground.
Fact: As long as the flag remains suitable for display, the flag may continue to be displayed.
Myth: The Flag Code prohibits the washing or dry-cleaning of the flag.
Fact: People may wash or dry-clean flags as needed.
Myth: The mayor, a town official, or the post commander can order the flag to be displayed at half-staff.
Fact: The gesture of placing the flag at half-staff means that the nation or the state mourns the death of a highly regarded national or state figure, hence only the president of the United States or the governor
Where to dispose of flags: You may dispose of worn-out flags at any American Legion office. Some have drop-off booths.