- Associated Press - Monday, September 25, 2017

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A funeral home in New Hampshire is offering people a safe place to dispose of their tattered American flag.

Inspired by a similar program from a Connecticut facility, Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Manchester has put out a drop box so flags can get a “respectful retirement.” The funeral home says the federal flag code calls for damaged or soiled flags to be destroyed in a dignified manner and the funeral home is ensuring they receive a “proper ceremonial incineration.”

The funeral home is also offering families of deceased veterans the chance to be cremated with one of the flags. The funeral home’s president and CEO Arthur “Buddy” Phaneuf says its flag program allows for flags to be retired properly and “give our veterans the respect they merit.”

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