I'm curious to see what everyone's opinion is on this.
I took down our tattered winter-beaten flag yesterday and replaced it with a brand new one.
I'm very careful during the entire process to make sure I never let the old one touch the ground as I removed it, or the new one as I replaced it.
We had a bon-fire yesterday as it was beautiful out, and I carefully folded the flag and put it in the fire for a dignified disposal.
My wife was aghast at this! Why was I burning the flag?
I remarked that I was disposing of an old flag, not burning it in hatred.
I asked how she would have disposed of it, and she said in the garbage.
Somehow, the thought of the flag underneath a pile of coffee grounds and table scraps didn't seem as dignified as my option.
I honestly thought this was how you were supposed to discard old flags, but couldn't recall where I had heard/read such a thing.
Well, I did a little research on this today. The weird thing is, I could find information on "Disposal of Flags" on the Canadian Heritage website, but only in the Google cached version.
It's at the bottom of this page:
I've sent an email to Canada Heritage - Ceremonial and Symbols for clarification.
The last thing I want to do is commit a disrespectful act to the Maple Leaf.